MS. Bywater 15
Humanist collection (fol. 145); Germany, early 16th century; bound with two printed books (fols. 8, 114)
Language(s): Latin with minor additions in German (fol. 252)
Originally blank leaves at the front of the volume containing lists of the Greek orators, seven wise men, and Greek and Latin writers in the same hand as fol. 246v below.
Flores poetarum de virtutibus et vitiis, Colonie, per Martinum de Werdena, 1505 (printed book)
Ringmannus Philesius (Matthias Ringmann), Hemistichia poetarum sentenciosiora pro pueris, Strasburg, 1505 (printed book)
each preceded by an argument in hexameters, the first of eight, the others of four lines, and by the arguments of Ascensius , as pr. in the edition of Lyons, 1499.
Pr. in Baptistae Mantuani adolescentia, Strasburg, 1510.
Pr. Omnia Opera A. Mancinelli, Venice, 1519, here incomplete, the last citation being from Cicero, Pro Archia.
A dialogue on poetry, pr. Speier, n.d. (Proctor 2427), preceded as in the edition by:
For Lantzberger and Berinus see G. Bauch, Geschichte des Leipziger Fruhhumanismus, Leipzig, 1899, pp.37–44
as pr. Nürnberg, 1501, the letters (fol. 217v) here preceded by
Left blank by the scribe, later filled up by:
Five sapphic stanzas
One verse longer than the text pr. in Carmina Theologica, Maintz, 1544, fol.66
bk.II, extract, as pr. in J. Pistorius, Artis Cabalisticae Scriptorum, tom.I, Basle, 1587, pp.678–81
Three short poems in German, added by a later hand.
19-23 long lines
written in several hands
contemporary German binding of blind stamped pigskin, with circular stamp showing paschal lamb, cf. Kyriss, Verzierte Gotische Einbände, Stuttgart, 1951, no.162, pl.326.
Provenance and Acquisition
On the front inside cover if 'EHC', and 'Anno Verbigene MDXVI', both in the same hand; and a monogram incorporating the latters 'ACEHINPRST'
Bequeathed to the Bodleian in 1915.
Last Substantive Revision
2017-07-01: First online publication.