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MS. Auct. F. 1. 9

Summary Catalogue no.: 4137

Calendrial, arithmetical, and astronomical texts; England (Worcester), after 1126


Language(s): Latin

1. (fol. 1)
Asilo of Würzburg, Rhythmimachia
Incipit: Quinque nam\ge(nera)/ inequalitatis regulam\regulariter/ ex equalitate procedere manifestum est
Explicit: CCCLXI. ad .CXC. superno impartiens
3. (fol. 12v)
Garland, Compotus
Incipit: (prologue) Sepe uolumina domni Bede
Incipit: (text) Superioris igitur pagine
4. (fol. 27)
Treatise on fractions and division

TK 0231F

Incipit: Cognitis unciarum minutiarumque nominibus
5. (fol. 41v)
Treatise on the abacus
Incipit: Rationes numerationis abaci et subtiliter interna mentis acie sunt examinande

In two books, bk. 2 at fol. 55.

6. (fol. 66)
Bernelinus iunior, Liber abaci

TK 0876I

Rubric: Incipit prefatio libri Abaci quem Iunior Bernhelmus edidit Parisius
Incipit: Domino suo Amylio Bernhelmus suus
Incipit: Mirari pater sancte non desino exactionis tue instantiam
Incipit: (fol. 66v) Abaci tabula undique prius polita

In three books (fols. 66v, 68, 70v).

7. (fol. 75)
Gerbert (?), De astrolabio
Incipit: Quicunque astronomice peritiam
7a. (fol. 81v)
Treatise on the astrolabe

TK 1206I

Incipit: Quicunque desiderat scire certas horas noctium & dierum
8. (fol. 86)
Walcher of Malvern, De lunationibus

Lunar tables 1036–1111, calculated form an eclipse observed on 19 Oct. 1092 (fol. 90).

Incipit: Qui facultatem computandi eligunt
Petrus Alfonsi, Sententia de dracone (tr. Walcher of Malvern)
Rubric: Sententia Petri Ebrei cognomento Anphus de Dracone quam domnus Walcerus prior Maluernensis ecclesie in latinam transtulit linguam
Martianus Capella, De nuptiis Philologiae et Mercurii

Concluding fragment of bk. 8.

Incipit: ||cause existente perspicua. quod saltus ille de quo loquimur
Final rubric: Finit liber Yparci...de cursu siderum

Incorporates passages from Pliny, Historia naturalis vi (fol. 161v), Bede (fol. 161), and other computistic writers.

12. (fol. 163)
Cicero, Somnium Scipionis

With the commentary of Macrobius; imperfect. Commentary, book i ends fol. 179v, at xxi.33; book ii, only four leaves remain (fols. 180–1, 176–7).

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment
Extent: i + 182 + i fols
Dimensions (written): 365 × 270 mm.


2 cols., c. 40–55 lines, column space 265–80 × 80 mm. . Tables are variously laid out.


Several hands. One hand (perhaps John of Worcester) is also found in Oxford, Corpus Christ College, MS. 157, which appears to be a companion volume to the present MS.


Good borders, initials. (Pächt and Alexander iii. 126)

Coloured initials, rubrics, diagrams. Decoration is consistent after fols. 2–17 (quires 1–2).


Origin: 12th century, first half (after 1126) ; English, Worcester, Benedictine priory

Provenance and Acquisition

Written after 1126, the date of composition of item 10, at Worcester cathedral priory, as established by the connection with Oxford, Corpus Christi, MS. 157.

Early 15th-century parchment label of contents, fol. ii verso, in the style of other Worcester priory books.

'William Rigg' or 'William Rigges', mid-16th century (fol. 1v).

Christopher, first lord Hatton.

Purchased by the Bodleian in 1671 from Robert Scot, who had purchased part of Hatton's library.

Record Sources

Description adapted (2018) from Watson, Pächt and Alexander (see Bibliography), and the Summary Catalogue.

Digital Images

Digital Bodleian (15 images from 35mm slides)


Last Substantive Revision

2018-07-31: Fully revised to incorporate all information in Watson, Pächt and Alexander, and SC.