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MS. Bodl. 437

Summary Catalogue no.: 2378


Moses Maimonides, Ductor neutrorum (Latin translation)
Incipit: In nomine domini dei mundi. Notum fac mihi viam per quam ambulem […] Istius libri prima intentio est explanare diuersitates nominum
Explicit: (fol. 115r) lux orietur eis. Benedicamus domino deo gratias.
Final rubric: Explicit Raby Moyses de duce dubiorum
Incipit: (fol. 115v) Hec sunt precepta que proprie dicuntur precepta
Explicit: (fol. 118v) ut non multiplicet argentum et aurum. Explicit.

As pr. [Paris] 1520 (USTC 145234); ed. Diana di Segni, 2019, with this ms. as siglum I. Book divisons not marked in the text; fol. 39r, 'secunda pars incipit', added (s. xv/xvi) in upper margin; part 3 begins fol. 71r.

Language(s): Latin

Physical Description

Secundo Folio: naturales. Nonne vides
Form: codex
Support: parchment
Extent: i (modern paper) + 119 + 1 (parchment) leaves
Dimensions (leaf): 290 × 195 mm.
Foliation: i, 1-108a, 108b-119


1 col., c. 51-54 lines; ruled space 230 × 135 mm.


Anglicana; apparently one hand


4-line puzzle initial and one-sided penwork border in blue and red, fol. 1r; elsewhere 2-line blue initials with red penwork.


Quarter-binding of parchment and paper-covered pasteboards, over an earlier leather spine with five supports. Four rust marks at the foot of fol. 119 probably the marks of a chain staple.


Origin: 14th century, middle ; England

Provenance and Acquisition

Annotations in a number of 14th-16th century hands. Top of fol. 1 (with an earlier ex libris?) cut away.

Thomas Allen: annotations in his hand (A. Watson, 'Thomas Allen of Oxford', in Medieval Scribes, Manuscripts and Libraries, ed. M. B. Parkes and A. G. Watson, 310); 'fo. 51' (fol. 1r).

Given by him to the Bodleian in 1601 (inscription, fol. 1r; Watson, 'Thomas Allen', 295).

Record Sources

Summary description by Matthew Holford (August 2022). Previously described in the Summary Catalogue (1922).

Digital Images

Digital Bodleian (full digital facsimile)

Last Substantive Revision

2022-08: Description revised for publication on Digital Bodleian.