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MS. Barocci 79

Summary Catalogue no.: 79

Aristotle Early 14th cent.


Aristotle, Physica

Fol. 123v blank.

Language(s): Greek

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: Paper (except fols. 1 and 124) watermarked (three designs, (a) similar to Mošin–Trajlić 6956, AD 1338–40 (b) unidentifiable (c) not in the repertoria, but some similarity to Mošin–Trajlić 6844, AD 1343)
Extent: 124 leaves.
Dimensions (leaf): 215 × 70 mm.
Dimensions (ruled): 150 × 70 mm.
Foliation: Foliated (1), 2–123, (124).


fols. 2–123: (fol. 2) i–v 8, (fol. 42) vi 6, (fol. 48) vii–xiv 8, (fol. 112) xv–xvi 6. Quires numbered on centre bottom margin of first recto and last verso.


Ruling: 24–7 lines. Ruling type similar to Leroy 44D1.


One scholarly hand; ἀνάγκη is frequently abbreviated ἀν. Scholia and interlinear notes, mainly by the scribe, a few in other hands, all probably of the 14th cent. Variants from other MS(S). frequently noted by γρ. At 216b17 (fol. 49r) a long marginal note begins: ἰϲτέον ὅτι τὸ παρὸν ..... οὐκ ἐξηγοῦνται οὔτε ὁ Ϲυμπλίκιοϲ οὔτε ὁ Φιλόπονοϲ Ἰωάννηϲ. ἢ τοίνυν ἐν τοῖϲ παρ’ αὐτοῖϲ ἀντιγράφοιϲ οὐκ ἦν κείμενον τὸ παρόν, ἢ ὑπ’ ἄλλου τινὸϲ ὕϲτερον προϲτεθεῖται. ὅμωϲ δὲ ἐξηγητέον καὶ ϲαφηνιτέον ἐϲ δύναμιν τῷ φιλοϲοφωτάτῳ διδαϲκάλῳ κατακολουθοῦνταϲ τῷ ὁϲιωτάτῳ Δαμιανῷ.


Rubrication: titles, initials and a few of the scholia in faded red.

Additions: Inside the back cover ‘Aristotelis physica’.


Binding of blind-stamped brown leather, 15th–16th cent., perhaps Venetian.


Origin: 14th century, early

Provenance and Acquisition

Possession notes: fol. 1r Ioaṇṇịṣ ................ καὶ τῶν φίλων.fol. 1v τοῦτο τὸ βιβλίον ἐϲτι ἐμου Γεοργίου τοῦ Κρητὸϲ ἐκ πόλιϲ Χανδάκου.

Record Sources

Description by Nigel Wilson, c. 1970. Previously described in the Quarto Catalogue (H. O. Coxe, Catalogi codicum manuscriptorum Bibliothecae Bodleianae pars prima recensionem codicum Graecorum continens, Quarto Catalogues I, 1883, repr. with corrections 1969).


Last Substantive Revision

2017-07-01: First online publication.