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MS. Bywater 12


(fols. 1r-43v)
Walter Burley , De vita et moribus philosophorum (ed. W. Knust (Tubingen: 1886)) after ch. 123 (Galen) the order of the chapters in the MS. differs from that of the edition; this manuscript is not among those listed by J. O. Stigall, Medievalia et humanistica, 11 (1957), 53.
Language(s): Latin
(fols. 43v-45v)
Ps.-Seneca , De remediis fortuitorum (as pr. in Opera, ed. F. Haase (Teubner, 1897), 3, 446-57, but without the additional sections; fols. 46-49 are ruled, otherwise blank.
Language(s): Latin
(fol. 50r-v)


An alphabetical 'index philosophorum' with folio references for the first work, added in a later hand, presumably also responsible for the foliation.

Language(s): Latin

Physical Description

Secundo Folio: pro senectutem
Form: codex
Support: Paper, watermark steer's head (cf. Briquet no. 14765).
Extent: v (modern) + 50 + v (modern)
Dimensions (leaf): 210 × 150 mm.
Dimensions (ruled): 160 × 105 mm.
Foliation: Foliated in 15th/16th-century ink: 1-45; fols. i-v, 46-55 foliated in modern pencil; the original blanks and final text page at the end of the volume are numbered in pencil, from the back towards the front, 'x' and 2-6.


1(10)-5(10), catchwords


Ruled with 47 lines in 2 columns


Written in a small somewhat cursive bookhand.


Headings in red.

Plain red initials.


Sewn on four(?) cords, and bound in three-quarter green leather and mottled brown and yellow paper over pasteboards, presumably for Bywater (cf. MS. Bywater 5); the spine with five false raised bands, and lettered in gilt 'BURLEY | DE | VITA | PHILOS.' and 'MS.' in the secoond and third compartments; mottled brown and yellow endpapers; the top edge of the leaves gilt


Origin: Italian ; 15th century

Provenance and Acquisition

Ingram Bywater ; inscribed in pencil with his Elenchusno. on fol. iv, 'By. | 721';

Bequeathed to the Bodleian in 1915, and with an obsolete Bodleian shelfmark 'Byw.K.9.23' on fols. i verso and 1r; formerly assigned the Summary catalogueno. 40044, also now obsolete.

Record Sources

Draft description by Peter Kidd, late 1990s

Digital Images

Digital Bodleian (1 image from 35mm slides)