MS. Bodl. 581
Summary Catalogue no.: 2191
A treatise on the duties of kings. At fol. 3 is an abstract of 'Phisomia', i.e. the Physiognomia, ascribed to Aristotle, with a list of the 51 chapters, or rather paragraphs.
A list of things seen in dreams and a judgement on their significance, in alphabetical order
A treatise compiled (from Petrus de Abano and other sources) for the solace of Richard II (whose picture is on fol. 9) in March 1391. In the pref. the author calls himself 'minimus servientum' Regis. The account of it on fol. 90 distinguishes three parts 'Liber judiciorum cum duobus alphabetis questionum [fol. 11] & figurarum [fol. 15v]', 'Flores questionum veritatis et judiciorum Geomancie' [fol. 76], and 'Rosarium Regis Ricardi de figuris affirmantibus & prohibentibus effectum querentis & rei quesite cum certificacione hore planete sub quo questiones calculari debent'. On fols. 15v-22v are fourteen figures of philosophers. The whole treatise is partly astrological, and the present MS. may well be the one written for the King. A nearly erased note on the inner front cover refers to Petrus de Abano, and a printed edition of his work on geomancy.
Fine historiated initials.
Fine initials. Related to the earlier style of the Carmelite Missal. Same text and iconography as London, B.L., Royal 12 C. V. (P&A iii. 673, pl. LXX)
Stamped black leather on boards, clasps lost, Oxford early 17th cent. work,
Digital Bodleian (28 images from 35mm slides)
Last Substantive Revision
2017-07-01: First online publication.