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

MS. Bodl. 536

Summary Catalogue no.: 2257


1. (fol. 1)
Medical manual
Rubric: Peritia medicorum
Incipit: In nomine Patris ... Opus supra vires aggrediar

Mainly recipes

Language(s): Latin
Herbal 'Agnus Castus'
Incipit: Calamyntum id est Calamynt. The vertue of this erbe
Explicit: Scafysacra

Parts of an alphabetical herbal: C-M (starting at fol. 13) and M-S (starting at fol. 29, written in a different hand).

Fols 21-28 should precede fol. 13. 'AκέΦαλος and μείουρος as the old catalogues term it

IPMEP 38 (Four leaves covering A-B are at MS. Bodl. 1031)
Language(s): Middle English and Latin

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: paper
Extent: 38 leaves
Dimensions (binding): 8.25 × 5.875 in.


The last few leaves are damaged by damp.


Three hands: A, art. 1; B, C art. 2.


Origin: 15th century, second half ; England

Provenance and Acquisition

John Twyne of Canterbury: his hand on fol. 12v (Andrew G. Watson, 'John Twyne of Canterbury (d. 1581) as a Collector of Medieval Manuscripts: a Preliminary Investigation', The Library 6th ser. 8 (1986), 133-151, no. 36. Earlier provenance not known.

Presented by Thomas Twyne in 1612

Record Sources

Description adapted (December 2022) by Stewart J. Brookes from the Summary Catalogue (1922) with additional reference to published literature as cited.

Last Substantive Revision

2022-12-06: Description revised to incorporate all the information in the Summary Catalogue (1922)