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

MS. Bodl. 177

Summary Catalogue no.: 2072

Physical Description

Composite: four parts, all written in the last quarter of the fourteenth century, with added decoration, 15th century, second half.
Form: codex
Extent: v + 73 fols.


Good initials (alphabet). Diagrams. Added to a MS. of 14th century. (P&A iii. 1143, pl. CVI)

Accompanying Material

Parts of two leaves from a thirteenth-century (?) manuscript of Latin sermons are in the binding.


Origin: 14th century, last quarter;decoration added 15th century, second half

Provenance and Acquisition

Fol. 37, ‘Thomas Aynow(?)’, 15th century.

Presented by (Sir) Richard Worseley, 1607.

MS. Bodl. 177 - Part 1 (fols. 1-22)


(fol. 1)
Sphere of life and death
Rubric: Spera Pictagore
Rubric: Spera Apulegii & Platonici

Cf. TK 1315D, 1522K, etc. With a short explanation:

Incipit: Racio spere ... Pictagore quam Apellogus exarauit
Alchemical notes and recipes

Partly attributed to ‘magister Dominicus Hispanus’.

Language(s): Latin and English

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment (one folio is paper, see Provenance)


Origin: English ; 14th century, last quarter


Fols. 2-21 are fols. 69-76, 78-84, 58, 57, 68, 67, 86 of an older volume; fol. ‘84’ is paper.

Fol. 21, ‘Memorandum quod Anna mater vxoris mei sepulta fuit die Jouis penultimo die Aprilis anno regni regis Henrici vjti xxiijo. Et obiit die Mercurii.’

MS. Bodl. 177 - Part 2 (fols. 22-32)


Language(s): Latin

(fol. 27v)
Rubric: Tabula principalis Gerlandi

No years are filled in, but comparison with the table in MS. Digby 190, fol. 75v, shows that the table covers the years 1042-1572. In the fourth line of the column for the years beginning with 1380 the space for 1384 has a small line at the top of the ‘a’ suggesting that the next eclipses expected are those of 1384.

2. (fol. 29)
Scientific treatises
Rubric: 12 Experimenta naturalia de corio serpentis translata a Johanne Paulino ab arabico in Latinum
(fols. 30, 31, 32)
Rubric: Capitulum de 16 herbis
Rubric: de lapidibus
Rubric: de animalibus

Imperfect at end.

Language(s): Latin

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment
Dimensions (leaf): 265 × 185 mm.


1 col. of variable size.


Coloured tables and initials, rubrics.


Origin: 1383 or 1384 ; English

MS. Bodl. 177 - Part 3


Medical treatises
(fol. 33)
Rubric: Tracatus vrinarum
Incipit: In tractatu vrinarum primum quid vrina sit videndum
(fol. 34v)
Rubric: Liber pulsuum
(fol. 38)
Rubric: Modus iudicandi urinas

‘Secundum galterum’.

(fol. 38v)
Rubric: Liber vrinarum Egidij cum commento

The text of the poem is not given.

Language(s): Latin
Treatise on chiromancy
Incipit: Si linea vite sit grossa
Incipit: Ad sciendum artem chiromanticam

Cf. TK 60J, 1108J, 1453K (?)

Language(s): Latin
3. (fol. 42)
Astrological treatise
Incipit: Qui fuerit natus in signo Aquarij
4. (fol. 45)
Johannes de Sacro Bosco, Algorismus

Ends imperfect in ch. 4 (here ch. 5). Each chapter followed by the corresponding passage of Alexander de Villa Dei, Algorismus.

Language(s): Latin
5. (fol. 46v)
Treatise on chiromancy
Incipit: Chiromancia est sciencia cognoscendi
Language(s): Latin

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment


Drawings of alchemical instruments (furnaces, pots, etc.) on fols. 51v-52v.


Origin: 14th century, last quarter; ; English

MS. Bodl. 177 - Part 4


1. (fol. 53)
Alchemical recipes
Incipit: Aqua Tartari sic fit
Language(s): Latin
2. (fol. 54v)
Ps.-Roger Bacon, Speculum secretorum
Incipit: In nomine Domini ... Ad instruccionem multorum circa hanc artem
Language(s): Latin
3. (fol. 56)
‘Geber’, Liber triginta uerborum
Rubric: Liber de 30 verbis
Incipit: Iam tu scis qui adquiris
4. (fol. 57v)
Petrus de S. Audomaro, Nouus quadrans correctus
Language(s): Latin
5. (fol. 61v)

With Latin prayer referring to SS. Cyricus and Julitta.

Language(s): Latin and English
6. (fol. 63v)
Short treatise on the interpretation of dreams
Incipit: Danielam prophetam cum esset
7. (fol. 64v)
Short text on arithmetic
Incipit: Ars metrica docet de numero per se

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment


Origin: 14th century, last quarter ; English

Additional Information

Record Sources

Description adapted (2018) from the following sources:
A. G. Watson, Catalogue of Dated and Datable Manuscripts c.435-1600 in Oxford Libraries (Oxford, 1984), no. 70 [part 2]
Otto Pächt and J. J. G. Alexander, Illuminated Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library Oxford, III (1973), no. 1143 [decoration]
Summary Catalogue (1922) [contents, history, provenance]

Digital Images

Digital Bodleian (2 images from 35mm slides)