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St John's College MS. 189

Bonaventura, Breviloquium


Language(s): Latin

Fols. 1–139v:
Rubric: [rubric added s. xv] ‘Summa BONAUENTURE
Incipit: Flecto genua mea ad patrem domini nostri ihesu cristi ex quo omnis paternitas […] Magnus doctor gentium et predicator ueritatis diuino repletus spiritu tanquam uas electum […] [fol. 13v, the text] In principio intelligendum est quod sacra doctrina scilicet theologia que principaliter agit
Explicit: donec intrem in gaudium dei mei qui est trinus et unus deus benedictus in secula seculorum Amen
Final rubric: Explicit summa fratris BONAUENTURE
Bonaventura, Breviloquium,

ed. Augustine Sepinski, Opera theologica selecta 5 (Quaracchi, 1964), 3–175. Frequent marginal additions, glosses, corrections, and distinctiones.

Physical Description

Secundo Folio: sed pocius
Form: codex
Support: Vellum (FSOS/FHHF).
Extent: Fols. v + 142 (numbered 1–139, with an unfoliated leaf after fol. 129, vi, vii) + ii (numbered fols. viii–ix).
Dimensions (leaf): 182 × 130 mm.
Dimensions (written): 132 × 85 mm.


1–1112 1210. Catchwords towards the gutter. Signed in brown crayon; all leaves in the first half of each quire, plus the following leaf, signed with either letters or roman numerals. Fol. 13 has the notation ‘xx c’.


Water damage along the upper leading edge has eaten into most margins to fol. 77, with the loss of many corners, but no effect on the text.


In long lines, 24 lines to the page. Frequent prickings survive up to fol. 62; bounded and ruled in brown crayon.


Written in gothic textura quadrata. Punctuation by point, punctus elevatus, and occasional punctus versus.


Headings generally supplied in a hand of s. xv, also responsible for running titles indicating book and part through fol. 91.

A 3-line lombard with marginal extender in red and blue with flourishing of the same at the incipit; elsewhere, alternate 2-line red and blue lombards with flourishing of the other colour.

The text divided by red-slashed capitals and red or blue paraphs.


A modern replacement. Sewn on four thongs. At the front, a marbled paper leaf, a modern paper flyleaf, and three medieval vellum flyleaves; at the rear, a modern paper flyleaf and another marbled paper leaf (viii–ix).


Origin: s. xiv med. ; England

Provenance and Acquisition

‘sacra scriptura proponit nobis septenarium’, a distinctio (fol. viv, in brown crayon; anglicana, s. xiv in.).

Two theological notes, one quite extensive (fol. viiv; anglicana, s. xiv in.).

‘Si dolor est talis erit aut fuit est michi qualis | Cernite plangentes huc omnes aduenientes’ (fol. 139v, after the text, in the s. xv hand responsible for running titles and rubrics), not in Walther.

‘quere in vijo folio registre’ (fol. vv, partly cut at the top).

‘Liber Collegij Sancti Johannis Baptistae Oxon’ ex dono Thomae Turner in Artibus Magistri eiusdem Collegij Socij’ (fol. 2, upper margin, in one of the usual early s. xvii hands).

Record Sources

Ralph Hanna, A descriptive catalogue of the western medieval manuscripts of St. John's College, Oxford (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002)


For enquiries relating to this manuscript please contact St John's College Library.


    Augustine Sepinski (ed.), Opera theologica selecta 5 (Quaracchi, 1964), 3–175.
    Hans Walther, Initia carminum ac versuum Medii Aevi posterioris Latinorum, 2nd edn (Göttingen, 1969).

Funding of Cataloguing

Conversion of the printed catalogue to TEI funded by the Thompson Family Charitable Trust

Last Substantive Revision

2021-09: First online publication

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