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MS. Bodl. 714

Summary Catalogue no.: 2621


John Ashendon, Summa de accidentibus mundi
Rubric: Incipit Summa Iudicialis de Accidentibus mundi, quam compilauit magister Johannes de Eschendeñ
Incipit: Intencio mea in hoc libro

The first book ends: 'Completa est ergo hec compilacio tractatus primi Summe ... in ciuitate Oxonie per magistrum Johannem de Ascheldeñ 20 die mensis Julij anno Christi 1347'

The second and last book begins on fol. 85: prologue begins 'Sicut dicit Aristotiles 2° Ethicorum'

The text ends: 'Completa est hec compilacio tractatus secundi Summe ... 18. die mensis Decembris anno Christi 1348. Explicit Summa Judicialis ... secundum magistrum Johannem de Eschendeñ quondam socium Aule de Mertone in Oxoñ. Cuius anime propicietur Deus. Amen

There are diagrams, tables and marginal glosses in this astrological work which gives the methods of prognosticating mundane events. Cf. MS. Bodl. 369

(The treatise is also known as Summa Anglicana and Judiciale astronomicum)
Language(s): Latin

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment
Extent: i + 236 leaves
Dimensions (binding): 13 × 9 in.


Pächt and Alexander iii. 828:

Fine borders.


Diagrams and tables.


Stamped leather on boards, with brass clasps and corners, late 16th century work.


Origin: 15th century, beginning ; England

Provenance and Acquisition

'THo. Allen D[ono] D[edit]', 1601

Record Sources

Description adapted (March 2023) by Stewart J. Brookes from the Summary Catalogue (1922). Decoration, localization and date follow Pächt and Alexander (1973)

Last Substantive Revision

2023-01-01: Description revised to incorporate all the information in the Summary Catalogue (1922)