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MS. Canon. Pat. Lat. 113

Summary Catalogue no.: 19099


John Cassian, Collationes (Part I, Collationes 1–10)
(fols. 2v–3v)


Rubric: Incipit prefatio libri huius qui est prima pars collationum
Incipit: Debitum quod beatissimo papę Castori in eorum voluminum prefatione promissum est
Explicit: collationes eorum & instituta properemus
(fol. 3v)

Capitula list

Rubric: Incipiunt capitula collationis prime partis
Incipit: .i. De habitacione Scythii & proposito abbatis Moysi
Explicit: xix De quadripartita discretionis ratione. De sermone doctoris secundum audientius merita
Final rubric: Expliciunt capitula

Numbered i–xix, but two capitula appear after each of ‘xi’, ‘xiii’, ‘xiiii’, and ‘xix’; in the text itself the numbering reaches ‘xxiii’, as normal.

(fols. 3v–109v)
Rubric: Incipiunt sanctorum patrum decem collationes a venerabili Cassiano insigniter prolate. Collatio prima abbatis Moysi de monachi destinatione vel fine. De habitatione Scythii & proposito abbatis Moysi
Incipit: Dum in heremo Scythii ubi monachorum probatissimi patres & omnes commorabatur perfectio
Explicit: versiculi huius meditatione servaverint
Final rubric: Explicit liber collationum

Capitula lists precede each of the ten books, which start on fols. 4r, 15r, 25, 35r, 43r, 54r, 64r, 77r, 88v, and 95r.

Fol. 75 is a replacement leaf, 12th century.

A bifolium in quire 10 (fols. 86 and 89) is bound out of place: fol. 86 should follow fol. 83, and fol. 89 should follow fol. 91. The lower right corner of fol. 83v has a note ‘causas atque insidias per saltu duo folia et inveniens cum tali signum î’, and the upper left corner of fol. 86r, which begins with the words ‘causas atque insidias’, has the same sign. All except the last leaf of the following quire is missing, from ‘... orationem et obsecrationem ac postulal- ||’ to ‘|| iugitate cuncta quę secundum deum ...’ (edn. p. 260 l. 21 to p. 279 l. 10).

Following the end of the text are two added pairs of verses in small 13th-century script:

‘Equor erit siccus cum pauper habebit amicum / Hoc si contigerit bos citharedus erit’ (Walther, Proverbia, no. 625)

‘Nummus in ab⟨b⟩atum cameris retinet dominatur / Nummus ubi loquitur Tullius ipse tacet’ (Walther, Proverbia, nos. 19217 and 19190)

Greek words and phrases appear within the text at e.g. fols. 22r, 32r, 47v.

Language(s): Latin with a few words of Greek

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment
Extent: i (paper) + 1 + 108 + 1 + i (paper)
Dimensions (leaf): 290 × 205 mm.
Foliation: i, 1–57, ‘58–9’, 60–111


1(8)–9(8) (fols. 2-74, including '58-9'), 10(8) (fols. 75-82; fol. 75 is a 12th-century replacement), 11(10) (fols. 83–92), 12(one) (all but the last leaf missing, fol. 93), 13(8)–14(8); most quires with leaf signatures, some (e.g. iii, vii, x, and xi) also with a second set of older signatures.


Blind-ruled for 30–31 lines (except for fol. 75, ruled in plummet). Ruled space c. 225-30 × 150 mm.


Proto-gothic, apparently by several scribes, some of whom contribute very short passages e.g. fol. 55, the last two lines; fol. 56v, in the middle of the page; 57v, last three lines.


Sketch drawings of Christ Crucified, perhaps 13th-century (unfinished: one foot, and the Cross, are absent) (fol. 2r), head with halo (fol. 40r), and a wyvern(?) (fol. 42v); unfinished sketch, fol. 16r.

Vegetal initials, the first with red and silver (oxidized) (fols. 2v), some with a red ground (fols. 34r, 42r), others drawn in outline in red or brown ink (fols 4r, 22v, 23r, 34r, 60r, 61v).

Most initials in plain red, 1 to 3 lines high, sometimes with yellow wash.


18th- or early 19th-century Italian binding, of rough black leather, the covered framed by triple gilt filets, the spine with a red leather title-piece lettered in gilt capitals ‘Cassiani | Collation | Libr | Co. mem. | perantiq’ (cf. MS. Canon. Misc. 575 et al.).


Origin: 11th century, second half (fol. 75: 12th century) ; Germany (?)

Provenance and Acquisition

The text and punctuation fairly extensively altered/corrected.

Marginalia by at least one 15th-century hand (fol. 50r); a note about the misplaced bifolium by another (fol. 83v)

Matteo Luigi Canonici, 1727–1805: source of acquisition unknown; not from Jacopo Soranzo.

Giuseppe Canonici , -1807

Purchased by the Bodleian in 1817. Former Bodleian shelfmarks: ‘Pat Lat. 113’ (fol. ir).

MS. Canon. Pat. Lat. 113 - endleaves (fols. 1, 110)


Language(s): Latin

Iacobus de Voragine, Legenda aurea (fragments)
(fols. 1v–r)

Cap. LXXIII (De sancto spiritu)

Incipit: ||⟨Mu⟩ltitudinem peccatorum
Explicit: pax vobis … accipite||
(fol. 110v–r)

Cap. XXX (De sancto Julino) – XXXI (De septuagesima)

Incipit: ||⟨dorm⟩irent at illa ait
Explicit: per pugnam preliando per de⟨narium⟩||

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment
Extent: two incomplete leaves


Two columns of 57 lines, of which part of one column is missing. Column dimensions c. 270 × 80 mm.


Gothic bookhand


Origin: 14th century ; Italy (?)

Additional Information

Record Sources

Description (June 2021) by Peter Kidd, edited by Matthew Holford. Previously described in the Quarto Catalogue (H. O. Coxe, Catalogi codicum manuscriptorum Bibliothecæ Bodleianæ pars tertia codices Græcos et Latinos Canonicianos complectens, Quarto Catalogues III, 1854). Decoration, localization and date follow Pächt and Alexander (1966).

Digital Images

Digital Bodleian (full digital facsimile)


Last Substantive Revision

2021-06-07: Description fully revised for Polonsky German digitization project.