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

MS. Bodl. 844

Summary Catalogue no.: 2577

Physical Description

Composite: made up of five manuscripts
Form: codex
Support: paper
Extent: iii + 233 leaves
Dimensions (binding): 9 × 6.75 in.

Condition

In poor condition, torn and rubbed and mended

Decoration

Coloured capitals

History

Provenance and Acquisition

An English memorandum on fol. 228 records that Thomas Kerdif merchant of the Staple let to a tailor his best chamber over the 'schope' (1570). This connects this manuscript with other Cardiff volumes

It first appears in Bodleian lists c. 1655

MS. Bodl. 844 – Part 1

Contents

1. (fol. 1)
Quilichinus of Spoleto, Historia Alexandri magni
Rubric: Hystoria regis Alexandri

The author's name is given in the last division as 'Guilleminus' de Spoleto

See MS. Bodl. 496, Part 1, Article 1 (fol. 25r)

Language(s): Latin

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: paper

Condition

The two first leaves are badly damaged

History

Origin: 15th century

MS. Bodl. 844 – Part 2

Contents

1. (fol. 70)
Innocent III, De miseria humanae conditionis
Rubric: Liber de miseria condicionis humane editus a Lothario ... qui postea Innocens papa appellatus est

The text ends with 'ad pastum. Sic & impii.' in Book III, chapter 9

Language(s): Latin

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: paper

Condition

Some leaves are mended and some wanting after fol. 86

History

Origin: 15th century

MS. Bodl. 844 – Part 3

Contents

1. (fol. 89)
Pierre Bersuire, Ouidius moralizatus
Incipit: In noua fert animus &c. Ponit Ouidius primo & ante omnia quod postquam diluuio mundus consummatus esset
Explicit: libera nos propter nomen tuum

Lacks the prefatory matter

Language(s): Latin

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: paper

Condition

Some leaves are worn and partly illegible

History

Origin: 15th century

MS. Bodl. 844 – Part 4

Contents

1.
Commentary on Aristotle, Parva naturalia

The 2nd chapter begins 'Queritur vtrum sensus sit receptiuus specierum'. It may be imperfect at the end

Language(s): Latin

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: paper

Condition

Much of the treatise is in bad condition and partly illegible

History

Origin: 15th century

MS. Bodl. 844 – Part 5

Contents

1. (fol. 187)
Commentary on Aristotle, Meteora
Incipit: De ventis agitur iam &c. Liber meteorologie est 4us in ordine librorum Naturalium

Commentary on Books I-III

The text ends in the middle of a page (in the 3rd book) with 'superficies ideo apparet quasi modica luciditas & claritas'

Language(s): Latin
2. (fol. 230v)
Poem to Fortune
Incipit: O tu Fortuna cur non es omnibus vna
Language(s): Latin

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: paper

Condition

Parts of this treatise are in bad condition

History

Origin: 15th century

Additional Information

Record Sources

Description adapted (September 2023) by Stewart J. Brookes from the Summary Catalogue (1922)

Last Substantive Revision

2023-09-22: Description revised to incorporate all the information in the Summary Catalogue (1922)