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'Secretorium nature seu 5te essencie'

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MS. Bodl. 879
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'Secretorium nature seu 5te essencie', a title by itself on fol. ii: the opening rubric is 'Prologus Monalldi monachi de Abbathia sancti Benedicti Parisius consolatoris Raymundi magni in libris de secretis nature seu quinte essencie quem composuit idem Raymundus Abbati sancti Benedicti Parisius': beg. 'Contristatus erat vehementer Raymundus': ends 'ista tibi sufficiunt causa breuitatis'.

The scribe was not well acquainted with Latin. On fol. iiv is a logical scheme of the parts of the universe and man. Fols. 32-3 are the old cover or fly-leaves of the book containing part of a 14th cent. index to a theological MS.


  • Creation: Written early in the 16th century


34 Leaves

Language of Materials

  • Latin

Preferred Citation

Oxford, Bodleian Libraries [followed by shelfmark and folio or page reference, e.g. MS. Bodl. 879, fols. 1-2]

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MS. Bodl. 879

Collection ID (for staff)

CMD ID 18062


'Secretorium nature seu 5te essencie'

Biographical / Historical

Biographical details unknown.

Other Finding Aids

Falconer Madan, et al., A summary catalogue of western manuscripts in the Bodleian Library at Oxford which have not hitherto been catalogued in the Quarto series (7 vols. in 8 [vol. II in 2 parts], Oxford, 1895-1953; reprinted, with corrections in vols. I and VII, Munich, 1980), vol. II, no. 2931

Custodial History

Manuscript 28 acquired by the Bodleian Library

Immediate Source of Acquisition

'Tho. Allen D[ono]: D[edit]:' in 1601.

Physical Facet

On parchment, with illuminated capital, three drawings, etc.


12 × 8 1/4 in.

'Secretorium nature seu 5te essencie'
EAD version 2020 by Alice Whichelow
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Repository Details

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Weston Library
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