IV. 1–208b34 to VI. 213b24, MS Oö in edn. by F. Bossier and J. Brams, Aristotles Latinus, vii/1 fasc. 2 (1990); no. 1974 in AL, Pars Posterior (1975).
one bifolium, formerly front pastedown
Dimensions (leaf): 260 × 195 mm.
Dimensions (column): 195 × 55 mm.
Two columns, 45 lines. Ruled in drypoint; no prickings are visible.
Script is a small, very neat protogothic bookhand, pubctuated by low point. The insular symbols for est, autem, and enim are used but the Tironian et is used and not the ampersand. Further, letters have a slightly Italian appearance and the membrane is polished in the Italian style.
There is no colour but paraphs which are now brown may originally have been silvered.
Origin: s. xiiex
Previously in 199.0.11 (which is now 9 K 1595), Johannes Calvin, Epistolae et responsa (Geneva 1576). Centrepiece XVI, with orn. 57. Ker, Pastedowns, no. 1849.
In a letter of 6 Nov. 1953 to the Exeter College Librarian now kept witht he fragments, L. Minio-Paluello, then Senior Lecturer of Medieval Philosophy in the University, asks whether the present item 1, then a pastedown, can be raised so that the whole text can be read for the purposes of the projected editon of the text in Aristoteles Latinus. A note of 17 Nov. by E. K[emp], then Librarian, records that the College had given permission for this to be done. A decision to remove item 2, then a back pastedown of the same volume, was presumably made at the same time.
In his letter mentioned above, Minio-Paluello states that this is the oldest existing copy of the Latin texts. This is not supported, however, by the editors of Aristoteles Latinus (above), who, in the companion volume AL 7/1, p. xxii, give priority to Avranches, Bibl. mun., MS 221, which they date c. 1180 on the grounds that it is known to have entered the library of Mont Saint-Michel before 1186. They accept that our manuscript is of s. xii.