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MS. Bodl. 625

Summary Catalogue no.: 2180

Astrology, geomancy, astronomy, etc.; A-D England, 13th-14th century

Physical Description

Composite: four parts
Form: codex
Extent: ii + 139 leaves
Dimensions (leaf): 7.125 × 5.875 in.

History

Provenance and Acquisition

This MS. probably reached the Library in 1605.

MS. Bodl. 625 - Part A

Contents

1. (fol.1 )
Geomancy
Incipit: Acquisicio in Ariete continetur . Figura aerea
eTK 0028E
Language(s): Latin
2. (fol. 8)
Règles de divination
Incipit: Des rueles de trouer lentencion del demaundant
Language(s): French

Some Latin geomancy is at fol. 9v, and at fol. 10v follow, apparently, extracts from two Latin astrological works entitled 'Rerum opifex' and 'Estimauerunt' (?)

Language(s): Latin
(fol. 12)
Geomancy
Language(s): French
3. (fol. 14)
Geomancy
Incipit: Si de statu corporis questio proponatur
eTK 1446B, tentatively attributed to Gerard of Cremona
Language(s): Latin
4. (fol. 54)
Hugh of Santalla, Super artem geomantie
Rubric: Incipit in nomine Domini Geomancia
Incipit: Arenam limpidissimam
eTK 0127L

Ends imperfect.

Language(s): Latin

Throughout this part of the manuscript an intricate system of groups of dots is used.

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment

History

Origin: 14th century, first half ; English

MS. Bodl. 625 - Part B

Contents

(fol. 86)
Canones astronomiae ‘Investigantibus astronomiam’
Incipit: Inuestigantibus astronomiam primo sciendum occurrit
eTK 0775J

Pr. from this ms. by F. S. Pedersen, ‘A Twelfth-Century Planetary Theorica in the Manner of the London Tables’, Cahiers de l’Institut Du Moyen-Âge Grec et Latin, 60 (1990), 199–318

With diagrams and notes.

Language(s): Latin

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment

Decoration

Diagrams. Diagram, fol. 111b, added 14th century, beginning

History

Origin: 13th century, beginning; decoration, 14th century, beginning ; English

MS. Bodl. 625 - Part C

Contents

(fol. 120)
Hermannus Contractus, Compositio astrolabii
Incipit: ⟨H⟩ermannus Christi pauperum
Incipit: Inuenienda igitur subtilissime inuencionis Watacora id est ... astrolabium
Language(s): Latin

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment

History

Origin: 13th century, second half ; English

MS. Bodl. 625 - Part D

Contents

Language(s): Latin

(fol. 127)
Honorius Augustodunensis, Imago mundi
Incipit: Ad instructionem multorum ... Imago Mundi editur
Incipit: Mundus dicitur quasi undique motus

At fol. 135v is a note 'de quatuor virtutibus'.

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment

History

Origin: 13th century, second half ; English

MS. Bodl. 625 - endleaves (fols. i-ii)

Contents

Language(s): Latin

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment

History

Origin: 14th century

Additional Information

Record Sources

Description adapted (Jan. 2021) from the Summary Catalogue (1922), with additional reference to published literature as cited.

Bibliography

Last Substantive Revision

2021-01-05: Description revised to include all information in SC.