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

MS. Add. C. 73

Summary Catalogue no.: 28970


Language(s): Latin

Aristotle, Metaphysics (translation by Bessarion)
(fol. 155v)
Colophon: Ego Thomas Murchius propria manu scripsi papie Anno 5o meorum laborum 1493 de mense Septembris Dum artibus et Medicine operam do

He wrote fols. 157–72v later; other hands have written over his writing on fols. 157–69v.

2. (fol. 157)
Rubric: Scriptum quoddam vbi sunt collecta aliqua a ... magistro Cometio Hispano Portugalensi super Questiones Methaphysicę Antonii Andreę
Incipit: Duplex est processus

Followed by some philosophical notes.

3. (fol. 172v)
Incipit: Semina mandaui

A Latin verse translation of the Italian poem 'Io semmai el campo'.

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: paper
Extent: 173 fols.
Dimensions (leaf): 285 × 200 mm.
Dimensions (written): 203 × 120 mm.


1 col., 33 lines.


Humanistic script.

Written by Thomas Murchius of Genoa (see fol. 1) in 1493 at Pavia.


Borders, initials. (Pächt and Alexander ii. 746)

Coloured borders (one with partly erased coat of arms), coloured initials, rubrics.


Origin: 1493 ; Italian, Pavia

Provenance and Acquisition

Arms, fol. 3: gules, a lion or, holding an unidentfied object. Possibly of Thomas Murchius.

Bought from H. T. Wake on Dec. 8, 1869 for £1 5s.

Record Sources

Adapted (2018) from A. G. Watson, Catalogue of Dated and Datable Manuscripts; Pächt and Alexander; and the Summary Catalogue (1905).


Last Substantive Revision

2017-07-01: First online publication.