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St John's College MS 235 (fragment 45)

A text on the elements (binding fragment)


Language(s): Latin

A text on the elements,

one break, ‘Elementum dicitur ex quo componitur primo in existente indiuisibili ipse in aliam speciem vt uocis […] ’, resembles the opening of the contemporary THEODORIC OF FREIBURG OP, ‘De elementis corporum naturalium’ (Kaeppeli no. 3710 [4:314–15]).

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: Vellum.
Extent: Fol. 1.
Dimensions (leaf): 280 × 195 mm.


In double columns, each column 220 × 70 mm. , with 13 mm between columns, in 39 lines to the column. No prickings; bounds and rules faded.


Written in gothic textura semiquadrata, s. xiii ex.


At openings, 2-line alternate red and blue lombards, on flourishing of the other colour.

The text divided by alternate red and blue paraphs.


Origin: s. xiii ex.

Provenance and Acquisition

MS 235 is a collection of binding fragments removed from College books (medieval portions only). This entry is for fragment 45 only.

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.


    T. Kaeppeli, Scriptores Ordinis Praedicatorum Medii Aevi, 4 vols. (Rome, 1970–93).

Funding of Cataloguing

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

Last Substantive Revision

2022-03: First online publication

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