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

MS. Auct. F. 1. 4

Summary Catalogue no.: 2948


Language(s): Greek

1. (pp. 1-55)
Aristoxenus Tarentinus , Elementa harmonica

Pages 56-7 blank.

2. (pp. 58-188)
Ptolemaeus Claudius, Harmonica

Pages 189-90 blank.

3. (pp. 191-220)
Nicomachus Gerasenus mathematicus, Harmonicum enchiridium

Pages 221-2 blank.

5. (pp. 244-285)
Alypius musicus, Isagoge musica

Pages 286-8 blank.

6. (pp. 289-511)
Manuel Bryennius , Harmonica

Pages 512-4 blank.

7. (pp. 515-576)
Hero Alexandrinus, Spiritalia

Pages 577-8, 579-582 blank.

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: Paper. The main watermark is a crown surmounted by fleur-de-lys, somewhat resembling Briquet 4845 (1591); another (e.g. fols. 229, 511) is a crown resembling Briquet 4857 (1588).
Extent: ii (pp. i-iv) + 288 (pp. 1-578) + ii (pp. 579-82)
Dimensions (leaf): 345 × 230 mm.
Dimensions (written): c. 210 × c. 115 mm.
Foliation: Paginated i-iv, 1-59, 60a-61a, 61a-61b, 62-230, 231a-c, 232-3, 234a-b, 235-270, 280-418, 419a-c, 420-582 in 16th- or 17th-century ink, corrected (Oct. 2021) in modern pencil.


Blind-stamped calf over pasteboard, Oxford, late 16th century: cf. D. Pearson, Oxford Bookbinding 1500-1640 (2000), centrepiece i, state b (p. 76, fig. 41)


Origin: 16th century, late (watermarks)

MS. Auct. F. 1. 4 - pastedowns


Language(s): Latin


Text in the current top or left column of the back pastedown marked for the third Sunday in Lent begins:

Incipit: Cum eiecisset demonium […] Quid si serui in prima vigilia negligentes existunt?

Text begins and continues as Gregory, Hom. in evangelia I.xiii.5.

Text on the front pastedown quotes at length from Ps.-Chrysostom, Sermo de poenitentia and (on negligence) from Robert Holcot, Commentary on Wisdom.

Noted in N. Ker, Pastedowns In Oxford Bindings (repr. 2004), no. 1397; for other leaves from the same manuscript, see ibid., no. 1035.

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment
Extent: parts of two bifolia bound in sideways


2 columns of at least 46 lines (originally 50: Ker, Pastedowns, no. 1035). Column width c. 65-70 mm.


Cursive (secretary)


3-line blue initial flourished in red.


Origin: 15th century ; England

Additional Information

Record Sources

Description adapted by Matthew Holford (Oct. 2021), with some additional 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.