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. (P&A 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).


    A. G. Watson, Catalogue of Dated and Datable Manuscripts c.435-1600 in Oxford Libraries (Oxford, 1984), no. 19
    Otto Pächt and J. J. G. Alexander, Illuminated Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library Oxford, II (1970), no. 746

Last Substantive Revision

2017-07-01: First online publication.