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

MS. Auct. F. 1. 3

Summary Catalogue no.: 2947

Musical treatises


Language(s): Greek

1. (fols. 1r-28r)
Aristoxenus Tarentinus , Elementa harmonica

Fols. 28v-29r blank.

2. (fols. 29v-99v)
Ptolemaeus Claudius, Harmonica

Fol. 29v, table of capitula; text begins fol. 30r.

4. (fols. 116r-127v)
Gaudentius , Introductio harmonica
5. (fols. 128r-144r)
Alypius musicus, Isagoge musica

Fol. 144v blank.

6. (fols. 145r-258r)
Manuel Bryennius , Harmonica

Fol. 258v blank.

7. (fols. 259r-290r)
Hero Alexandrinus, Spiritalia

Fols. 290r, 291r-296v blank.

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: paper, folded in folio, watermark Briquet 5097 (France, 1590-1612)
Extent: i + v + 290 + vi
Dimensions (leaf): 368 × c. 225 mm.
Dimensions (written): c. 220 × c. 110-120 mm.


Copied (according to a note by R. W. Hunt in his copy of the Summary Catalogue) by James Dalrymple of Ayr, an amaneuensis employed by Henry Savile in Oxford and on the continent (J.-L. Quentin, 'Historical Criticism, Confessional Controversy, and Self-Censorship: Henry Savile and the Lives of John Chrysostom', Erudition and the Republic of Letters 6 (2021) 138-223.




Early seventeenth century binding of calf over pasteboards, perhaps attributable to Williamson of Eton College (for whom see Robert Birley, 'The History of Eton College Library', The Library, 5th ser. 11 (1956), 231–261, at 246-9), stamped in gilt with cornerpieces and a centerpiece, in the centre of which is a tree with the device 'Noli alium[sic] sapere'; ties lost.


Origin: 16th century, late, or 17th century, early

Provenance and Acquisition

Copied from MS. Auct. F. 1. 4 according to the Summary Catalogue.

Given by Sir Henry Savile in 1609.

Record Sources

Description adapted by Matthew Holford (Nov. 2021), with some additional physical description, from the Quarto Catalogue (H. O. Coxe, Catalogi codicum manuscriptorum Bibliothecae Bodleianae pars prima recensionem codicum Graecorum continens, Quarto Catalogues I, 1883, repr. with corrections 1969).


Last Substantive Revision

2021-11-02: Description lightly revised with reference to manuscript.