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

MS. Bywater 4


(fols. 4r-105r)
Aristotle, Physica
Language(s): Greek
(fols. 108r-152v)
Aristotle, De caelo (ends at iii.304b4)
Language(s): Greek
(fols. 155r-186v)
Aristotle, De generatione et corruptione (ends at ii.337a17 due to loss of leaves)
Language(s): Greek

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: paper
Extent: 192 leaves
Dimensions (leaf): 295 × 215–20 mm.


Written by Johannes Chionopoulos


Titles and initials in vermillion

Headpieces in penwork accompanied by initials with penwork executed by the scribe at the beginning of each new section of text.


Italian 19th-century half-binding of parchment


Origin: Crete ; 1418

Provenance and Acquisition

Written by Johannes Chionopoulus, perhaps commissioned by Francesco Barbaro

Marginal annotations by Ermolao Barbaro the younger (d. 1493), fols. 4r-57v

G. B. Mittarelli, MS. 70

Pietro Girometti, MS. 13

Prince Baldassare Boncompangi

Ingram Bywater

Bequeathed by him to the Bodleian in 1915

Record Sources

Abbreviated from B. Crostini Lappin, Catalogue of Greek Manuscripts acquired by the Bodleian Library since 1916 (2003), pp. 1–6


Last Substantive Revision

2017-07-01: First online publication.