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MS. Bodl. 80

Summary Catalogue no.: 2268


Sinesius Cyrenensis, Laus Calvitii
Rubric: Sinesius Cyrenensis philosophus et orator de laudibus Caluitii
(Latin translation, from Greek, by John Free)

Two prefaces, one by Omnibonus Leonicenus to Free, dated from Vicenza July 9 1461 (fol. 3), and one from Free dedicating the work to John Tiptoft, Earl of Worcester (fol. 5v)

The text is corrected in several places

Some neatly-written 17th century notes are on fol. 2v

Language(s): Latin

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment
Extent: ii + 44 leaves
Dimensions (binding): 7.5 × 4.875 in.


Italian Humanistic script


Pächt and Alexander ii. 608, Pl. LIX

Fine border

Fine initials (faceted capitals, cf. MS. Bodl. 646)

Besides some finely-illuminated capitals there is on fol. 4v a painted architrave supported by pillars resting on a marble plinth, with an inscription (Summary Catalogue)


Origin: c. 1461 ; Italy, Padua

Provenance and Acquisition

This appears to be the copy given to John Tiptoft, Earl of Worcester (see preface on fol. 5v) but on fol. 5r are the arms of Beckington, presumably Thomas Beckington, Bishop of Bath and Wells, who died in January 1464/1465

Glastonbury, Somerset, Benedictine Abbey of Saint Mary the Virgin: 'Hunc librum de laude caluorum domino Petro Weston monacho glastoniensi dono quod [?] dedit venerabilis pater Iohannes Selwode Abbas Glastoniensis' [abbot 1457-1493] (on flyleaf, fol. 1r) (MLGB3)

Julius Palmer, William Lile, Jeremias Warner, Edward Bowton? (16th century, fols. 1-2)

"Bought from Rev. Lionel Day's library (1640)" (Summary Catalogue I. 112, sub anno 1654).

Record Sources

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

Digital Images

Digital Bodleian (7 images from 35mm slides)


Last Substantive Revision

2023-04-24: Description revised to incorporate all the information in the Summary Catalogue (1922)