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MS. Bodl. 495

Summary Catalogue no.: 2140


Ps.-Aristotle, Secreta secretorum (tr. Philippus Tripolitanus)
Rubric: […] Liber Aristotelis de regimine principum, alio nomine Secreta Secretorum

Preceded by the Letter to bp. Guido Vere de Valentia by Philippus Tripolitanus (whose name does not occur), who translated the treatise from Arabic into Latin (fol. 1), a Commendatio Aristotelis, beg. 'Deus omnipotens' (fol. 2), 'Littera missa ad Aristotelem' (fol. 2v), the prologue of Johannes filius Patricii who translated the treatise from Greek into Chaldaic and thence into Arabic (!: fol. 2v), and the 'Epistola Aristotelis missa ad peticionem Alexandri': each of the five books is preceded by a list of chapters.

Language(s): Latin
(fols. ix, 50v-51)
Medical recipes, with miscellaneous notes
Language(s): Latin and Middle English
(fols. 52–3)

Cardinal, ordinal, and other numbers from 1 to 1,000. The volume perhaps once contained also the 'Secreta fratris Alberti de Colonia', i. e. Albertus Magnus.

Language(s): Latin

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment
Extent: ix + 58 leaves
Dimensions (binding): 8.75 × 6.125 in.


Illuminated capitals.


Origin: 15th century, early

Provenance and Acquisition

Owned by Johannes Colett in the 16th cent.

Acquired by 1603–4 (Summary Catalogue I, 90).

Record Sources

Description adapted (June 2020) from the Summary Catalogue (1922).

Last Substantive Revision

2020-06-29: Description revised to incorporate all information in the Summary Catalogue.