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

MS. Canon. Pat. Lat. 52

Summary Catalogue no.: 19038

A collection of mainly Franciscan authors, composed of seven codicological units

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment (quire 16 mainly paper)
Extent: ii (modern paper) + ii (parchment fragment) + 205 + ii (modern paper) leaves
Dimensions (leaf): 180 × 130 mm.
Foliation: i–iv, 1–4, 5a–b, 6–22, 23a–b, 24–45, 46a–b, 47–66, 67a–b, 68–201 (i.e. 1–201 with 5, 23, 46, and 67 doubled).


In 7 codicological units:
  • I: 1–3(12) (fols. 1–34, including 5a, 5b, 23a, 23b)
  • II: 4–6(12) (fols. 35–68, including 46a, 46b, 67a, 67b)
  • III: 7(12) (fols. 69–80), 8–910 (fols. 81–100)
  • IV: 10–11(12) (fols. 101–124)
  • V: 12–15(12) (fols. 125–172)
  • VI: 16(16) (fols. 173–188)
  • VII: 17(12–1) (fols. 189–199; 12th cancelled)


Space left for initials, not executed.

Spaces left for miniatures in art. 12 (fols. 69r–75r), not executed.


Soranzo binding. Sewn on four bands laced into pulpboard covered with quarter speckled brown tanned calf and plain undecorated parchment; the spine with gilt filets and a red leather title-piece lettered in gilt capitals ‘S. Augustinus de | cogni veræ vitæ | mag(ist)ri Barth. Bon | de Luce et alior. | Op(uscu)la Cod: membr.’; the edges of the leaves speckled blue.


Origin: 14th century, middle or second half ; German (south west?) Several authors have described the manuscript as Italian, probably influenced by the early Italian provenance. Beryl Smalley, for example, asserted that ‘All the contents are written in 14th cent. Italian hands, but there are some notes in German in the same hand as the text to item no. 11, a mystical exposition of Nabuchodonosor's vision of the tree … [i.e. fols. 69r–75v]’ (‘John Russell, O.F.M.’, p. 285); Mossmann disputes this stating that it is ‘incontrovertibly [south-west] German and also likely Franciscan’ (p. 133).

Provenance and Acquisition

Canons regular of San Bartolomeo, Vicenza, 15th century: inscribed ‘Est monasterii Sancti Bartholomei iuxta burgum Pusterlae’ (fol. 199v), partially effaced with ink, presumably by the next owners:

Canons regular of Santa Maria della Carità, Venice: inscribed, ‘Statio huius libri est in quarta sede a latere canalis. Iste liber est monasterii caritatis’ (fol. 199v; 15th century). This house was located beside the Grand Canal in Venice. Similar inscriptions in MS. Canon. Misc. 573; MS. Lat. th. d. 28; and Aberdeen, University Library, MS 242 (Aberdeen, University Library, MS 106 has a linked provenance).

Jacopo Soranzo (1686–1761), of Venice; his binding, much of whose library was acquired by:

Matteo Luigi Canonici (1727–1805); Venetian Jesuit and bibliophile; bequeathed to his brother:

Giuseppe Canonici (d. 1807); on whose death to their nephew:

Giovanni Perisinotti (fl. c. 1807–17), from whom over 2,000 books were:

Purchased by the Bodleian in 1817.

MS. Canon. Pat. Lat. 52, fols. 1–34


Language(s): Latin

1. (fols. 1r–3v)
Honorius Augustodunensis (Ps.-Augustine), De cognitione uerae uitae
Rubric: \Incipit liber beati Augustini de cognitione vere vite/
Incipit: Sapientia dei que os muti apperuit
Explicit: sed spiritus sanctus corpus columbe condidit. Amen.

The text divided into sections by letters a–z in the margins; followed (fols. 3v–4r) by an index in rough alphabetical order (e.g. Anima precedes Amor), each entry citing the relevant marginal letter and folio number..

The heading added by a 15th-century Italian hand, perhaps over an erasure.

2. (fols. 4r–12r)
Ps.-Augustine, De spiritu et anima
Rubric: Incipit tractatus beati Augustini de spiritu et anima. secundum quosdam
Incipit: Quoniam dictum est michi ut me ipsum cognoscam
Explicit: et visione dei quam cernere desiderat. Finis. Amen.

Each chapter marked in the margin by a letter, a–z, a–r; followed (fols. 12r–13v) by an index in rough alphabetical order (e.g. Animus precedes Anima).

3. (fols. 13v–29r)
Rudolf von Biberach (Ps.-Bonaventure), De septem donis spiritus sancti
Rubric: Incipit tractatus de .7. donis spiritus sancti
Incipit: Omne datum optimum et omne donum perfectum de sursum est
Explicit: nec agi fructuosius aliquid potest quam deo gratias.

The text is divided into sections by letters in the margins, restarting at ‘a’ with each new chapter; running headings ‘Prologus c. 1’ – ‘Donum 7 c. 11’; followed (fols. 29r–31r) by an alphabetical index, with references citing section, chapter, and marginal letter, e.g. ‘Convivium amicorum est 7.c.5.b’ refers to Donum 7, cap. 5, marginal letter b.

4. (fol. 31r–v)
Anselm of Canterbury, De conceptu uirginali et de originali peccato (Summary)
Incipit: Ego iam concepta eram Prov. 8[:25]. Quia vero beatus Anselmus librum de virginali conceptu ad laudem virginis edidit idcirco ad colligendum virtutes illius libri
Explicit: sic est in nobis de peccato originali. Ista tamen(?) in libro dicit quod non procedit(?) nisi coniectando

A series of short numbered passages, with corresponding numbers 1–36 in the adjacent margin. (Cf. Marseille, Bm, MS. 210, fol. 123r; see Catalogue générale des manuscrits, xv (Paris, 1892), p. 74.

5. (fol. 31v)
Quotations from Augustine on virtue
Incipit: Quis est virtus. dicit Augustinus. de civitate dei. virtus amoris ordo
6. (fol. 32r)
Richard of St.-Victor, Beniamin maior 4.16
Rubric: Rich. .4. l. de archa mist. c. 16
Incipit: Sed quamvis iam parata sit tunc temporis eiusmodi anima
Explicit: non solum potantur sed inebriantur. quere supra .7.c.6. a. Item .7.c.7.

Fols. 32v–34v are almost entirely blank except for foliation and a cropped note at the top of fol. 34v.

Physical Description

Extent: 36 leaves
Foliation: 1–36 in medieval ink in the middle of the upper margin of rectos and versos (often cropped; continued in the next section); partly replaced by a 15th(?)-century foliation in ink in the upper right corner of rectos; the latter partly overwritten in 20th-century pencil: 1–4, 5a, 5b, 6–22, 23a, 23b, 24–34




2 columns of about 55–57 lines, c. 145 × 95 mm.


Small gothic ‘glossing’ hand, apparently written in several stages with changes of ink and perhaps also of scribe.

MS. Canon. Pat. Lat. 52, fols. 35–68


Language(s): Latin with Middle High German

7. (fols. 35r–60r)
Rudolf von Biberach (Ps.-Bonaventure), De septem itineribus aeternitatis
Incipit: Eum qui venit ad me non eiciam foras. Io. 6[:37]. Sanctus Augustinus in libro de cognitione vere vite in principio dicit. Cum Christus veritas et vita dicat
Explicit: nos perducat conducat et inducat qui est trinus et unus deus in eternum benedictus. Amen.

Running headings provide Iter and Distinctio numbers, e.g. ‘Iter 4 d. 3’; marginal letters of the alphabet divide them into sections.

Followed by two short notes (fol. 60r) and an alphabetical index (fols. 60r–62v):

"In tabula primus numerus significat itinera. secundus significat distinctiones"
"Qui legit ista collecta sciat quod collaciones auctoritates in diversis voluminibus variantur …"

Pr. S.R.E. Cardinalis Bonaventuræ opera omnia, viii, ed. by A. C. Peltier (Paris 1866), pp. 393–482; repr. with intro. and corrigenda by Margot Schmidt (Stuttgart, 1985).

Stegmüller, Rép. Bibl., no. 7519.

B. Distelbrink, Bonaventurae scripta: authentica, dubia vel spuria critice recensita (Rome, 1975), pp. 124–25 no. 109.

8. (fols. 62v–63v)
Thomas Aquinas (?), Sermones XXXII de sacramento corporis domini (incomplete)
(fols. 62v–63r col. a)
Rubric: Modus procedendi in sermones de sacramento corporis domini
Incipit: De sacro sancto corporis domini locuturi sacramento proponimus donante deo procedere tali modo
Explicit: informandam vitam et devotionem excitandam.
(fol. 63r cols. a–b)
Incipit: Incipiunt tituli operis. Primus de tribus causis institutionis sacramaneti corporis Christi
Explicit: 32. De triplici potu sanguinis Christi. De corporis christi sermones …
(fol. 63r–v)
Incipit: Venite comedite panem meum […] Prov. 9[:5] Hiis verbis dominus nos invitat ad salutare convivium
Explicit: quia gratiam non contulerunt de primo. Ierem. vi holocausta [Jerem. 6:20]||

Ending abruptly in the first sermon, despite the ‘tituli operis’ for all 32 sermons.

Variously attributed: formerly pr. among the works of Albertus Magnus, Bonaventura, and others (cf. Glorieux, Maîtres, II, p. 46 no. ‘bx’; Distelbrink, op. cit., p. 185 no. 206, under ‘dubia vel spuria’), but given to Aquinas by Schneyer, Repertorium, V, p. 608 nos. 412–13.

9. (fols. 63v–65v)
Abstractum glossar
Incipit: Abstractum – abgezogen vel abgescheiden
Explicit: betrahtunge vel bedehtnisse vel inbildunge.
Language(s): Latin with Middle High German

With spaces left for additions; some additions provided by several hands.

Volker Honemann, ‘Das Abstractum-Glossar in der Berliner Handschrift Ms. germ. quart 765 und der Breslauer Handschrift cod. IV. Q. 92: Beschreibung der Handschriften und Edition’, in Äußern und Bedeuten. Festschrift für Eckard Rolf, ed. by J. C. Freienstein, et al. (Tübingen, 2011), pp. 265–80, at 265.

In an Eastern Swabian dialect according to S. Mossmann, ‘Otto von Passau and the literary history of Basel in the later fourteenth century’, in Raum und Medium: Literatur und Kultur in Basel in Spätmittelalter und Früher Neuzeit, ed. by J. Thali and N. F. Palmer (Berlin, 2020), pp. 107–51 at 133.

10. (fols. 65v–66v)
Definitions in German of concepts in Latin
Incipit: Sensus sinlichkeit oder sinneliche bewegunge ist der seleliden an dem libe
Explicit: war heit ein frölich wnder.

Mainly concerning concepts relating to the mind: sensus, ymaginacio, cogitacio, consideracio, meditacio, ingenium, ratio, intellectus, intelligencia, contemplacio, caritas, memoria, etc.

11. (fols. 66v–67a recto)

Miscellaneous short notes, including:

Incipit: Nota. Augustinus dicitur(?) habuisse virtutes cardinales
Incipit: Anselmus(?). Suscipe domine de mea misera vița residuum annorum meorum
Incipit: Augustinus. Contemplativa vita amabilis valde dulcedo est
Incipit: Ambrosius: Confessio a morte liberat paradisum aperit
Incipit: Gregorius. Ad fidem plures veniunt ad celeste regnum pauci perducuntur
Incipit: Ysidorus. Orationibus mundamur lectionibus instruimur
Incipit: Gullielmus. Nihil honestius habeas vel si habeas ad libertatem conferre
Incipit: Hugo. Spes est fiducia futurorum bonorum ex gratia
Incipit: Beda. Qui vult assequi eternam beatitudinem
(fols. 67a verso–68v)


Physical Description

Extent: 36 leaves
Foliation: 35–45, 46a–b, 47–66, 67a–b, 68 in modern pencil (used here), over-writing a 15th(?)-century foliation, and superseding a medieval foliation which continues from the previous text at 37 but ends at 45


4–6(12); catchwords


Two columns of about 57 lines (fols. 64v–66v in three columns), c. 160 × 120 mm.


Small gothic hands of varying care and skill, with some cursive features

MS. Canon. Pat. Lat. 52, fols. 69–100


Language(s): Latin with Middle High German (East Swabian dialect)

12. (fols. 69r–75r)
Ps.-Bonaventure, Arbor amoris,

with embedded ‘Minnebaumsprüche’

Incipit: Videbam et ecce arbor in medio terre altitudo eius nimia […] [cf. Dan. 4:7–9] ‘Arbor’ hec est amor dei quam plantavit deus ‘in medio terre’ Medium terre est cor hominis de quo procedit tam terrene quam celestis uirtus operacionis
Explicit: In .7. habet dulce colloquium cum ipso. Explicit.

Twenty-seven spaces are left within the columns of text for diagrams or miniatures; next to each are captions in Latin and German.

See J. Theben, Die mystische Lyrik des 14. und 15. Jahrhunderts: Untersuchungen – Texte – Repertorium (Berlin, 2010), pp. 47, 252 n. 432, 262, 482.

Cf. text pr. Urse Kamber, Arbor amoris, der Minnebaum : ein Pseudo-Bonaventura-Traktat (Berlin, 1964), 44-59

In an Eastern Swabian dialect according to Mossman, op. cit., 133.

13. (fol. 75r–94r)
Conrad Holtnicker, Speculum beatae Mariae uirginis
Rubric: \Incipit speculum beate virginis Marie/
Incipit: Quoniam vero ait beatus Iheronimus. Nulli dubium est quin totum ad gloriam laudis dei pertineat
Explicit: ille liberalissimus communicator sui benedictus fructus ventris tui qui cum patre … secula seculorum amen.

Foliated and divided into uneven sections by letters in the margins, a–t, a–z, a–r, a–y, a–z, a–f.

Followed (fols. 94r–96r) by an alphabetical index, ending ‘Explicit tabula super Ave Maria’.

Speculum Beatae Mariae Virginis Fr. Conradi a Saxonia, ed. L. Schmitz (Quaracchi, 1904).

Distelbrink, Bonaventurae scripta, 214; Glorieux Répertoire, ii, no. 305dp; Stegmüller, Rép. Bibl., nos. 2016–17.

14. (fols. 96r–99r)
Bartholomaeus Bononiensis, De luce
Rubric: Incipit tractatus magistri Bartholomei Bononiensis de luce
Incipit: Ego sum lux mundi […] [John 8:12]. Cum nos inveniamus lucem, lumen, radium splendorem et inter hec reperire contingat proprietatum diversitatem
Explicit: et spiritualiter interpretari relinquuntur ad presens maiori investigacioni vel saltem alteri tempori. Et hec sufficiant. Amen.

Without the preface. Followed (fol. 99r–v) by an alphabetical index headed ‘Incipit tabula super eodem tractatu id est de luce’

Foliated 22–25 (continued from the previous text), and divided into uneven sections by letters in the margins, a–z.

ed. Francesca Galli, Il «De luce» di Bartolomeo da Bologna: Studio e edizione, Micrologus Library, 104 (Florence, 2021)

Glorieux Répertoire, ii, no. 319a (citing only 3 MSS., including the present one, as ‘Canonic. lat. script. eccl. 62[sic]’.

(fol. 100r–v)


Physical Description

Extent: 34 leaves
Foliation: 69–100 in modern pencil (used here), overwriting a late medieval foliation ink ink and superseding a medieval ink foliation 1–25 (partly cropped) starting at fol. 75.


7(12), 8–9(10); catchwords


Frame-ruled in ink for two columns of about 58 lines, c. 147 × 95 mm.


Small gothic ‘glossing script’

MS. Canon. Pat. Lat. 52, fols. 101–124


Language(s): Latin

15. (fols. 101r–124v)
John Russell, Commentary on the Song of Songs
Incipit: ⟨O⟩sculetur &c. Cogitanti mihi canticum promere laudis cuiusdam ad homorem virginis amorose
Explicit: que illuc post filium tuum ascendisti sicut virgula fumi ex aromatibus mirre et thuris. explicit.

Chapter numbers [1]–8 as running headings (often cropped).

Stegmüller, Rép. Bibl., nos. 4919, 5028; Sharpe, Handlist, p. 305, listing only 5 MSS. including the present one.

Mossman, op. cit., at pp. 132–135, and 140; part of fol. 101va is pr. in ibid. p. 134, and fol. 110vb at p. 135. See also B. Smalley, ‘John Russell, O.F.M.’, RTAM, 23 (1956), 277–320, briefly describing the present MS. at p. 285.

Physical Description

Extent: 24 leaves




Two columns of about 58 lines, c. 143 × 100 mm.


Small gothic ‘glossing script’

MS. Canon. Pat. Lat. 52, fols. 125–172


Language(s): Latin

16. (fols. 125r–126r)
Hugh of Saint-Victor, De laude caritatis
Incipit: Servo Christi Petro, H⟨ugo⟩ Gustare et videre quoniam suavis est dominus. Cogitanti michi frate karissime
Explicit: recompensatur.
Final rubric: Explicit prologus.
Rubric: Incipit tractatus.
Incipit: Tam multos iam laudatores habuisse cognoscitur
Explicit: et mansionem in nobis facere dignetur. qui cum eodem patre et spiritu sancto […] per omnia secula seculorum. Amen.

ed. H. B. Feiss & P. Sicard, L’œuvre de Hugues de Saint-Victor, i (Turnhout, 1997)

Listed among about 100 MSS. by R. Goy, Die Überlieferung der Werke Hugos von St. Viktor (Stuttgart, 1976), pp. 253–67, at 262.

17. (fol. 126r–v)

Note on the love of God

Incipit: Nota de amore dei siue dilectione caritativa. Primo, qualiter sit virtus. Secundo

Continued on fol. 143v, as indicated by a note on fol. 126v: ‘p(roximo?) folio 18 … signum┌.’

18. (fols. 127r–143r)
Thomas Gallus, Commentary on the Song of Songs (Third version)
Rubric: Prologus in cantica canticorum
Rubric: \expositio tercia venerabilis magistri Thome abbatis Verellen’ canonici regularis/
Incipit: In hoc glorietur qui gloriatur scire et nosse me Ier. 9. Duplex designatur hic dei cognitio
Incipit: Osculetur me osculo oris sui Cor. 5. Dum sumus in corpore peregrinamur a domino […] [II Cor. 5:6]
Explicit: et in hoc verbo petitionum suarum cursum sponsa consummat in quo perpetuo perseverat
Final rubric: Finitur tractatus abbatis Vercell’ super cantica. deo gratias.

ed. J. Barbet, Commentaires du Cantique des cantiques, Textes philosophiques du moyen âge, 14 (1967), pp. 107–232.

Stegmüller, Rép. Bibl., no. 8201.

19. (fol. 143v)
Note on the love of God (continued from fol. 126v)

Preceded by a corresponding symbol ‘┌.’ and note, ‘require in secundo folio prioris sexterni per rem precedentem’.

Explicit: posset deum diligere si eum quem diligit non haberet.
20. (fols. 144r–163v)
Richard of St.-Victor, Beniamin minor
Capitula list
Incipit: 1 – ⟨D⟩e studio sapiencie et eius comendacione
Explicit: 87 […] vel quomodo meditatio surgat ad comtemplationem.
Incipit: ⟨B⟩eniamin adolescentulus in mentis excessu [Ps. 67:28] Audiant adolescentuli sermones de adolescente, evigilent ad vocem prophete
Explicit: et deosculatione Beniamin et Joseph divine revelationi humana racio applaudit.
21. (fols. 163v–164v)
Thomas Gallus, De septem gradibus contemplationis (first recension)
Rubric: \7 gradibus contemplationis/
Incipit: ⟨C⟩ontemplativorum aquilinos obtusus acui et ipsorum spirituale palatum perfundi dapibus superne dulcedinis affectans
Explicit: pudissimo wltu blandiebatur castissimo amplexu complexa est dominum nostrum Ihesum Christum, qui est benedictus in secula seculorum. Amen.

ed. Peltier, Bonaventurae Opera Omnia, xii (1868), pp. 183–86.

Distelbrink, Bonaventurae scripta, p. 123 no. 107; Glorieux, Répertoire, i, p. 273 no. 116g.

22. (fols. 164v–169v)
Hugh of St.-Victor, Soliloquium de arra animae
(fols. 164v)


Rubric: Hic incipit
Incipit: Ut discamus ubi nos oporteat verum am⟨at⟩orem querere
Explicit: ad superna gaudia excitare||

Four lines only, filling a space at the bottom of a column, followed by an added marginal note ‘quere in fine libri invenis prefationem completam’; the hand of this note has added the preface at fol. 199r (see below)

Rubric: \Ugo de Arra anime/
Incipit: ⟨L⟩oquar anime mee secreto et amica confabulacione exigam
Explicit: hoc totis precordiis concupisco fiat fiat amen.

Much of fol. 169v is blank; the rest of the quire has added texts written in a single column.

23. (fol. 170r)
Rubric: Iubilus monachorum
Incipit: Cum in nocte video in choro conventum ad laudandum dominum quemlibet intentum
Explicit: Quam infundit largiter anime petenti. Explicit Iubilus monachorum amen.

Variously titled in other MSS. e.g. Torneamentum monachorum, Torneamentum religiosorum.

Pr. Serapeum: Zeitschrift für Bibliothekswissenschaft, Handschriftenkunde und ältere Literatur, 17 (1856), 285–87.

Chevalier 4075 citing only the present MS.; WIC 3634.

24. (fol. 170r)
Ecbertus Schonaugiensis, Soliloquium I
Rubric: Incipit soliloquium beati [the name overwritten with:] \Richardi/
Incipit: Verbum secretum est michi ad te o rex seculorum Christe Ihesu
Explicit: desideriabilis domine ubi extra te requiescent desideria mea. quere prima.

Ending before the end of Soliloquy I as pr. (among the works of Richard of Saint-Victor) in PL, cxcv, 105–07 (cf. PL, clviii, 773–79, in which it is treated as the beginning of Anselm’s Meditatio XIII); on the authorship see A. Wilmart, ‘La tradition des prières de Saint Anselme: Tables et notes’, Rev. bénéd., xxxvi (1924), at 59–60.

Cf. fols. 197r–198r below. Also present in MS. Canon. Pat. Lat. 13, fol. 108r

25. (fols. 170v–171r)
Rubric: Dominica .5. post pasca
Incipit: Petite et accipietis ut gaudium vestrum plenum sit Jo. 16[:24] Sciendum quod omni(?) eterna beatitudine cuiuslibet
Explicit: omni timoris amissione. Amen

Fols. 171v–172v blank

Physical Description

Extent: 48 leaves




2 cols of 58 lines, c. 145 × 95 mm. ; the added texts (fols. 170r–171r) in a single column, c. 150 × 95 mm.


Small gothic ‘glossing script’

MS. Canon. Pat. Lat. 52, fols. 173–188


Language(s): Latin

26. (fols. 173r–185v)
Aegidius Romanus, Commentary on the Song of Songs
Rubric: \Postilla Egidii super Canticum/
Incipit: Osculetur me osculo oris sui &c. Intentio principalis huius operis est exprimere mutua desideria inter sponsum et sponsam
Explicit: et in futura secundum visionem apertam comprehensorum dignetur nobis dare deus qui est benedictus in secula seculorum. Amen. Expliciunt postilla super Cantica edite ab Egidio.

Without the prologue.

ed. Sancti Thomae Aquinatis Doctoris Angelici ordinis praedicatorum Opera omnia, xiv: Expositio in aliquot libros veteris testamenti (Parma, 1863), pp. 389–426.

Glorieux, Répertoire des maîtres, ii, p. 303 no. 400aw (and unde Thomas Aquinas, op. cit., i, pp. 101–02 no. 14eq ); Stegmüller, Rép. Bibl., 911 (citing the present MS.).

27. (fol. 185v)

Brief added note listing the lengths of the first five Ages of the World (from Adam to Christ)

Incipit: Prima etas ad Adam usque ad Noe .M.600 anni
Explicit: summa .5.M.800 et .8. anni.

Fols. 186r–188v are blank.

Physical Description

Support: paper except for the outermost and innermost bifolium
Extent: 16 leaves




2 columns of about 57 lines, c. 155 × 105 mm.


Small gothic ‘glossing script’

MS. Canon. Pat. Lat. 52, fols. 189–199


Language(s): Latin

28. (fols. 189r–194r)
Bertramnus de Alen, De laude Domini novi saeculi
Incipit: Triplici pater reverende existente gaudio novi seculi secundum triplex genus cognicionis
Explicit: inter multa verbum aliquod adiungendum.
Incipit: Duplici igitur existente ymnoloya [i.e. hymnologia] divina
Explicit: Sed haec expertis et passis huius plenius pertractando relinquo.

Ed. A. Beccarisi, Texte aus der Zeit Meisters Eckhart, I: Bertram von Ahlen, Opera (Hamburg, 2004), pp. 9–42, compared to which the present MS. lacks the short salutation at the beginning of the prologue (‘Reverendo patri sacrae theologiae magistro fratri Gerardo ministro Coloniensi frater Bertramus de Alen …’); chapter I runs straight on from, and is treated as a continuation of the prologue (MS. line 13, edn. line 20); and ends near the end of Gradus II, chapter VII (edn. p. 42 l. 15), thus lacking ch. 8–15.

29. (fols. 194r–197r)
Hugh of St.-Victor, De arca morali book III
Incipit: In fine precedentibis libri per similitudinem cuiusdam arboris demonstravimus qualiter sapientia oriatur et crescat in nobis
Explicit: Nunc ergo ad propositum revertentes de fabricatione arche sapiencie prosequamur. Explicit tertius.

ed. P. Sicard, CCCM, 176 (2001), pp. 55–85.

30. (fols. 197r–198v)
Ecbertus Schonaugiensis, Soliloquium I
Rubric: \Soliloquium R⟨ichardi?⟩/
Incipit: Verbum michi est ad te o princeps seculorum Christe Ihesu
Explicit: inviolabile decus et regnum solidum pernamens in secula seculorum Amen.

PL, cxcv, 105–14; cf. fol. 170r above for further references.

The second column of fol. 198v blank.

31. (fol. 199r)
Hugh of St.-Victor, Soliloquium de arra animae (prologue)
Rubric: Incipit prefatio Hugonis de S. Victore in libellum de arra anime
Incipit: Dilecto fratri G. ceterisque servis Christi carissimus leve [? recte Hamerisleve] degentibus Hugo qualiscumque vestre sanctitatis servus
Explicit: omnia tamen in libro vite conscribi exopto. Explicit prefatio incipit liber tractatus

Item added in an Italian humanist cursive hand. Most of the page is blank.

32. (fol. 199v)

List of contents

  • Liber beati Augustini de cognitione vere vite, folio primo
  • Liber de spiritu et anima beati Augustini, folio quarto
  • Liber siue tractatus de septem donis spiritus sancti, folio 14º
  • Sermo de conceptione beate virginis bonus, folio 33º
  • Liber sive tractatus de itineribus eternitatis, folio 37º
  • Inceptio tractatus de corpore Christi, folio 65º
  • Vocabularium parvum, 66 folio
  • Expositio arboris Danielis spiritualis, 73º folio
  • Expositio super Ave Maria que dicitur viridarium uirginis, 79º
  • Tractatus magistri Bartholomei de luce. Ego sum lux mundi, 100º
  • Expositio bona et subtilis super Cantica, 105º
  • Item Expositio Vercellensis super Cantica, folio 131º
  • Tractatus de laudibus caritatis, 129º
  • Tractatus Richardi de 12 patriarchis vel de contemplatione, 147º
  • Tractatus de 7 gradibus contemplationibus brevis, 166º
  • Soliloquium Hugonis, folio 167º
  • Iuibilus monachorum, 173º
  • Sermo dominica 5ª post Pascham petite etc., 173º
  • Postilla super Cantica fratris Egidii, 176º
  • Soliloquium Richardi

Physical Description

Support: parchment
Extent: 11 leaves


18(12-1) (the final blank leaf cancelled)


2 columns of about 55 lines, c. 150 × 100 mm.


Small gothic ‘glossing script’

MS. Canon. Pat. Lat. 52, fols. iii–iv (flyleaves)


Language(s): Latin

Grammatical treatise on barbarismi
Incipit: ||Item queritur. quare ist⟨i⟩ nomina. domus. humus. et milicia respondentur ad modum propriorum nominum. ad hoc dicimus quod cum dico ubi es. domi debet intelligi de domo propria.
Explicit: Temporis ut siquis teos producta persona. sillaba et correcta posteriore pronunciet.

Opening example also in Oxford, Lincoln College, MS. 130.

Non-consecutive leaves. Most of fol. iv recto, and all of the verso, blank.

Physical Description

Support: parchment
Extent: 2 leaves
Dimensions (leaf): 174 × 122 mm.


Formed through a repair into a conjoint bifolium.


22–24 long lines, c. 130 × 85 mm.


Rounded Gothic textura.


Coloured initials and paraphs, alternating between red and blue.


Origin: 14th century ; Italian

Additional Information

Record Sources

Description by Peter Kidd (June 2021), building on work by Francesca Galli and Andrew Dunning. 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).

Digital Images

Digital Bodleian (full digital facsimile)


Last Substantive Revision

2021-06-24: Andrew Dunning Updated description from Peter Kidd.