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

MS. Auct. F. 2. 14

Summary Catalogue no.: 2657

Contents

1.
(fol. 1)
Wulfstan of Winchester, Metrical Life of St Swithun,

in two books each preceded by a list of chapters, and with two prefatory poems (begg. 'Domno pontifici VVentanam', 'Fratribus ęternę crescant') which themselves have metrical titles: the author's name is not mentioned. At fol. 49v the scribe has added one more miracle in rhythmical, not metrical, verse.

Language(s): Latin

On the margin of fols. 11-19 is an alphabetical series of Old English glosses on Latin words in Aldhelm (printed in Napier's Old English Glosses, 1900, no. 18b), hardly later than the text, to which there are also four English glosses.

Language(s): Old English, Middle English
2. (fol. 51)
Prudentius, Dittochaeon
Rubric: Tituli Historiarum Aurelii Prudentii Hispaniensis, quod Dirocheum de utroque Testamento uocatur
Language(s): Latin
3. (fol. 53v)
Theodulus, Ecloga
Rubric: Epistola Theodoli episcopi
Incipit: Ethiopum terras iam feruida torruit ęstas

With Latin glosses and accentual marks of the 13th cent.

Language(s): Latin
4.
(fol. 58v)
Avianus, Fabulae

Preceded by 'Epistola Auiani Festi ad Theodosium'

Language(s): Latin

With some French and Latin glosses, and accentual and grammatical marks, of the 13th cent.

Language(s): French and Latin
5. (fol. 68)
Persius, Satires
Rubric: Persii Flacci senatoris Satyre
Rubric: Liber Persii

With preface

Language(s): Latin
6.
(fol. 77v)
Phocas, Ars de nomine et uerbo
Rubric: Artis Focę grammatici prefatio

Preface in verse, followed by the prose preface and the Ars Phocae itself

Language(s): Latin

With Latin glosses, and four English ones, printed as above (art. 1) no. 45.

Language(s): Latin and Old English
7. (fol. 90)
Epitome Iliadis
Rubric: […] Homerus poeta de Troiano Bello
Language(s): Latin
8. (fol. 104v)
Ps.-Ovid, Nux

A facsimile of fol. 106r is no. 9 in R. Ellis's Facsimiles (Oxf. 1891) and no. 12 in his Specimens of Latin Palaeography (Oxf. 1903).

Language(s): Latin
9. (fol. 107v)
Serlo of Bayeux, Quae monachi quaerunt
Rubric: Versus Serlonis
Incipit: Quę monachi querunt

Lines 4-19 are in a different hand from the rest of the book.

Language(s): Latin
10. (fol. 110)

Two short poems:

Herman the archdeacon (b. 1040/1050-d. ca. 1100) (?), De symoniaca haeresi
Incipit: Petre nimis tardas
See Roberto Angelini, 'Topographical and thematic Perspectives in the Latin Poetry of the First Anglo-Norman Kings', Tabularia 2018, https://doi.org/10.4000/tabularia.3009, n. 133
(fol. 110v)
A poem on Chess
Incipit: ⟨T⟩elli [sic for Belli] cupit instrumentum qui ludendo fingere
Printed in Thomas Hyde De ludis Orientalibus, 1694, pt. 1, p. 179.
Language(s): Latin
11. (fol. 111)
Statius, Achilleis
Language(s): Latin
12. (fol. 126v)
Lactantius, De aue Phoenice
Incipit: Est locus in primo
Language(s): Latin

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment
Extent: v + 130 leaves
Dimensions (leaf): 10.5 × 7.125 in.
Musical Notation:

Notation on staves (see van Dijk 1957).

Decoration

Initials. (Pächt and Alexander iii. 60)

Binding

White parchment on boards, clasps lost, English 15th cent. work, worn

History

Origin: 11th century, second half ; English (Sherborne, Benedictine abbey (?))

Provenance and Acquisition

Sherborne, Benedictine abbey: "Marginal notes by Leland. He saw 'Vita Swithuni carmine heroico' at Sherborne (De Script. Britt. 164, Coll. 3. 255, 4. 150) and gives quotations in Collectanea 1. 149, evidently from this MS" (MLGB3).

Probably acquired about A.D. 1618-20.

MS. Auct. F. 2. 14 - endleaf (fol. i)

Contents

Language(s): Latin

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment

History

Origin: 13th century, early ; English

MS. Auct. F. 2. 14 - endleaf (fol. v)

Contents

Language(s): Latin

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment

History

Origin: 13th century

MS. Auct. F. 2. 14 - endleaf (fol. 129)

Contents

Language(s): Latin

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment

History

Origin: 14th century

MS. Auct. F. 2. 14 - endleaf (fol. 130)

Contents

Language(s): Latin

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment
Musical Notation:

Noted

History

Origin: 13th century, first half

Additional Information

Record Sources

Description adapted (Oct. 2021) from the following sources, with additional reference to other publications as cited:
Summary Catalogue (1922)
Otto Pächt and J. J. G. Alexander, Illuminated Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library, Oxford , III (1973), no. 60 (decoration, origin, date)

Digital Images

Digital Bodleian (2 images from 35mm slides)

Bibliography

Last Substantive Revision

2021-10-13: Revised to incorporate all information in Summary Catalogue and Pächt and Alexander