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

MS. Bodl. 607

Summary Catalogue no.: 2058


Language(s): Latin

Fol. ii verso, list of contents.

1. (fol. v)
‘De dispositione hominis’ (eTK 1395I, cf. 1395K)
Rubric: Paruus tractatus de dispositione hominis
Incipit: Sciendum est quod si aliquis nascatur

Partly an astrological work: it appears that fols. iii-iv may be the latter part of this treatise, two or four leaves being lost after fol. vi: this second part ends:

Explicit: oculum esse verum cordis nuncium affirmant. Hec Thomas [Aquinas] de veritate theologie libro 2° capitulo 5° & 6°
2. (fol. 1)
‘John the Philosopher’, Summa chiromantiae
Rubric: De ciromancia tractatus
Incipit: Benedictus Deus omnipotens qui machinam

The writer's name occurs as Johannes: four leaves appear to be lost after fol. 2.

eTK 0176A, 1299G; L. Thorndike, 'Chiromancy in Mediaeval Latin Manuscripts', Speculum 40/4 (1965) 674-706 (684-706)

3. (fol. 3)
⟨Ps.-Aristotle⟩, Physiognomia
Rubric: Tractatus phisonomie
Incipit: Natura occulte operatur
4. (fol. 16)
De nauicula (eTK 0567G)
Rubric: Forma de nouo instrumento Nauicula dicit [sic for dicto] pro horis equalibus in tota terra inueniendis
Incipit: In hoc instrumento due figure zodiaci

Catherine Eagleton, Monks, manuscripts and sundials: the navicula in medieval England (2010), siglum BL2.

5. (fol. 19)
Compotus manualis
Incipit: Filius esto Dei ... Pro inuencione litere Dominicalis
6. (fol. 24)
Rubric: Algorismus integrorum
Alexander de Villa Dei, Algorismus
Incipit: Hec algorismus ars presens dicitur in qua
Commentary on Alexander de Villa Dei, Algorismus (eTK 0791E)
Incipit: Liber iste quem pre manibus habemus
7. (fol. 45)
Johannes de Sacro Bosco, Tractatus de sphaera
Rubric: Tractatus de Spera

Originally followed by twelve leaves now lost and then by art. 10.

8. (fol. 63)
Ps.-Roger Bacon, Breue breuiarum
Incipit: Breue breuiarium breuiter abreuiatum sufficit
Final rubric: Explicit Breue breuiarium
9. (fol. 72v)
Ps.-Aristotle, De conuersione corporum
Rubric: Nunc incipit liber Aristotelis de conuersione corporum
Incipit: In primis quidem sciendum est quod mercurius est frigidus

A fragment, ends 'qui operare volueris considera'.

10. (fol. 73)
Compotus cum glossa (?)
Incipit: ||a planeta in prima hora illius diei
Incipit: Lux naturalis viginti quatuor horis
Explicit: in 4or ciclis excrescente||

A calendarial work in verse and prose, imperfect at beginning and end, the succeeding two gatherings being lost then followed arts. 8-9. Two leaves are lost after fol. 83.

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment; there is a cavity in each side to hold some instrument or box
Extent: vi + 101 leaves
Dimensions (leaf): 6 × 4.75 in.


Illuminated capitals.


White parchment on boards, clasp lost, contemporary English work.


Origin: 15th century, early ; English

Provenance and Acquisition

'Nicholas Smythe' owned the book on Dec. 25, 1589, and notes the difficulty his friends had in reading and understanding the writing: 'Renaulde Smythe' also owned it at about the same period.

This MS. seems to have reached the Library in 1603 or 1604.

MS. Bodl. 607 - endleaf (fol. 101)


Language(s): Latin

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment


much rubbed


Origin: 14th century

Additional Information

Record Sources

Description adapted (April 2020) from the Summary Catalogue (1922), with additional reference to published literature as cited.

Last Substantive Revision

2020-04-28: Description revised to incorporate all information in SC.