A catalogue of Western manuscripts at the Bodleian Libraries and selected Oxford colleges

St John's College MS. 192

Juvenal; Horace, Ars poetica


Language(s): Latin

Fols. 1–81v:
Rubric: [the rubric later in the upper margin] LUCIJ IUUENALIS satyrarum liber primus incipit feliciter Materiam et causas satyrarum harum inspice.. prima
Incipit: Semper ego avditor tantvm nvnquamne reponam | Vexatus totiens
Explicit: sit et foelicissimus idem | Vt lęti faleris omnes et torquibus omnes
Final rubric: IUUENALIS Satyrici Liber explicit
Juvenal, Satirae,

ed. John Ferguson (New York, 1979), 9–107. A few glosses in a medieval hand on the first page, and occasional omitted lines or variants supplied marginally.

Fols. 81v–90v:
Rubric: HORATIJ FLACCI uenusini poetae de arte poetica liber incipit
Incipit: Humano capiti ceruicem pictor equinam | lungere si uelit
Explicit: tenet occiditque legendo | Non missura cutem nisi plena cruoris irudo [sic for irundo]
Horace, Ars poetica

Opera, ed. D. R. Shackleton Bailey (Stuttgart, 1985), 310–29.

Physical Description

Secundo Folio: Accipiat
Form: codex
Support: Vellum (FSOS/FHHF).
Extent: Fols. i + 90 + i (numbered fol. ii).
Dimensions (leaf): 167 × 117 mm.
Dimensions (written): 98 × 68 mm.


1–910. Catchwords in the gutter; no signatures.


The full book water-stained on top and leading edges but without damage to the text.


In long lines, 24 lines to the page. No prickings; bounded and ruled in pencil.


Written in Italian humanistic bookhand (probably a single hand becoming more cursive as the book progresses). Punctuation by point at line ends and the caesura; occasional double point, virgula, and punctus elevatus at the cesura.


Rather crude painted initials at divisions: a 7-line gold one on blue, red, and green ground at the head of item 1.

Individual satires introduced by 2-line gold capitals on similar grounds, the overwhelming number unfilled blanks.

Lines in decorative capitals to introduce texts.

Headings in red between the two texts, and frequently (with fading) between Juvenal’s individual satires, the last example on fol. 48.

See AT, no. 974 (101).


Dark brown leather, with a plain fillet, s. xvi/xvii, remounted over millboards. Sewn on three thongs. Holes in both boards from two pairs of ties to close the book. At the head of the spine gold ‘192’, in black ink along the leading edges. Pastedowns marbled paper, a College bookplate on the front pastedown.

At both front and rear, a single modern paper flyleaf (the rear fol. ii).


Origin: s. xv med. ; Italy

Provenance and Acquisition

An erased mark of ownership ‘Ivvenalis ipse ⟨ ⟩ Io ⟨ ⟩’ (fol. 90v at mid page, s. xv ex.).

‘Sum Ben Jonsonij ex dono D Jo Radcliffe equ Aurati’ (fol. 1, upper margin). Listed among Jonson’s five MSS by C. H. Herford and Percy Simpson, Ben Jonson I (Oxford, 1925), 262–3, along with our MS 87.

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.


Funding of Cataloguing

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

Last Substantive Revision

2021-10: First online publication

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