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

MS. Bodl. 646

Summary Catalogue no.: 2864


Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment


Humanistic script, written (?) by Ang(elo) Aquil(ano) (?), inscription on purple-dyed leaf, fol. 1v.


Good miniatures (coloured drawings representing various constellations.). Fine historiated border, initials (faceted capitals) by a different hand. (Pächt and Alexander ii. 605, pl. LVIII)

(fol. 1r) full border: classical border with architectural and floral designs. Two putti support a panel inscribed with the author's name and title of the book. Arms of John Tiptoft, earl of Worcester.


Oxford, early 17th century.


Origin: c. 1460 ; Italian, Padua

Provenance and Acquisition

Arms of John Tiptoft, earl of Worcester, who was in pauda c. 1459–61.

possessor huius libri T. Barratt’, 16th century, inner pastedown.

Presented by Sir Richard Worsley in 1607.

Record Sources

Summary description abbreviated from the Summary Catalogue (1922). Decoration, localization and date follow Pächt and Alexander (1973). Additional description of decoration by Elizabeth Solopova, c. 2000.

Digital Images

Digital Bodleian (full digital facsimile)
Digital Bodleian (17 images from 35mm slides)


Last Substantive Revision

2019-03-18: Additional provenance and binding information added from SC.