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MS. Bywater 17

Collection of Moral Sayings; France or Italy, 15th - 16th century


(fol. 1r)
Altercatio Adriani et Epicteti,

beginning imperfect due to the loss of the first leaf (in the first version of those pr. by L. W. Daly and W. Suchier, Illinois Studies in language and Literature, 24 (1939).

Language(s): Latin
(fol. 6r)
Florilegium, arranged by subject
Rubric: Sequntur quam plurimi flores multorum auctorum
Incipit: Cicero libro de amicitia. Iustitia est fundamentum
Explicit: Horatius libro primo sermonum. Mors ultima lignea rerum est.

Among other authors quoted are Cassiodorus, Catullus, Euripides, Hesiod, John Chrysostom, Pallades, Propertius, Sophocles (Ajax), and Tibullus.

Language(s): Latin
(fol. 67r)
Rubric: Sententie secundum elementa a variis poetis excerpte

Similar to the preceding section, but without giving sources

Incipit: Vir probus non odit unquam virum probum
Explicit: Animum assuefac bonis
Language(s): Latin

Physical Description

Secundo Folio: Adria. Qua
Form: codex
Support: parchment
Extent: 87 leaves
Dimensions (leaf): 110 × 80 mm.
Dimensions (ruled): 80 × 60 mm.


1(8)(wants 1), 2(8)-6(8), 7(6), 8(6), 9(8)-11(8), 12(4)


17 long lines


Humanistic script


Small initials in blue, red and gold


modern binding


Origin: French or Italian ; 15th century, late - 16th century, early

Provenance and Acquisition

Ingram Bywater

Bequeathed to the Bodleian in 1915.

Record Sources

Typescript description by Bodleian Library staff, revised by Peter Kidd, late 1990s.

Digital Images

Digital Bodleian (1 image from 35mm slides)

Last Substantive Revision

2017-07-01: First online publication.