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

MS. Bodl. 504

Summary Catalogue no.: 2168


Nicolaus Kratzer, Canones horopteri
Language(s): Latin

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment
Extent: i + 16 fols.
Dimensions (leaf): 227 × 160 mm.


1 col., 18 lines, written space 150 × 90 mm.


Humanistica textualis by Peter Meghen.


Decorated initials, rubrics.

Fine initials by Hans Holbein the Younger. (Pächt and Alexander i. 186, pl. XIII)


Green silk over millboards, sixteenth century.


Origin: 1528 or 1529 (new style) ; England, London

Provenance and Acquisition

Dedication dated (fol. 2) ‘M.D.XXVIII I.KL.Ianua’ (i.e. 1 Jan. 1529 new style); presumably the manuscript was written the preceding year. It is unclear whether this manuscript, or another copy of the text, was intended for presentation to Henry VIII as a New Year's gift (cf. Starkey 1991, p. 71, V.14; Carley 2000, p. li; Carley 2004, p. 55 pl. 51).

Edward Gorge (see below)

‘Johanis Bayley liber ex dono magistri Edovardi Gorge’, front pastedown, late 16th century: John Bayly d. 1602, of New College (Summary Catalogue I, 123).

Presented by William Bayly, his kinsman (Summary Catalogue I, 123), in 1602.

Record Sources

Description adapted (2019) from the following sources, with additional reference to published literature as cited:
A. G. Watson, Catalogue of Dated and Datable Manuscripts c.435–1600 in Oxford Libraries (Oxford, 1984), no. 95 [contents, physical description, origin, provenance]
Otto Pächt and J. J. G. Alexander, Illuminated Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library, Oxford, I (1966), no. 186 [decoration]
Summary Catalogue (1922) [acquisition]

Digital Images

Digital Bodleian (1 image from 35mm slides)

Last Substantive Revision

2019-03-05: Revised to incorporate all information in Watson and SC with some reference to supplementary bibliography.