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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)

Last Substantive Revision

2017-07-01: First online publication.