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

MS. Auct. F. 2. 20

Summary Catalogue no.: 2186

Macrobius, etc.; England, 11th century, second half


1. (fol. 1
Isidore of Seville, De Natura Rerum
Rubric: Opus de natura rerum

Here anonymous, with the prologue.

Language(s): Latin
2. (fol. 17)
Cicero, Somnium Scipionis
Rubric: Somnium Scipionis. M. Tulli Ciceronis incipit excerptum ex libro .vi. de Republica
Language(s): Latin
3. (fol. 19)
Macrobius, Commentary on the Somnium Scipionis
Rubric: Commentum Macrobii Ambrosii in Somnium Scipionis

Preceded by the 'Proemium'. Fol. 24 is an inserted contemporary leaf: the diagram on fol. 53v is defaced.

There are various marginal notes.

Language(s): Latin
4. (fol. 62)
Sibylline prophecies
Incipit: Sibillę dicuntur generaliter

Ends imperfect with 'Tradentur sontes ęternaque flamma cremabit', a part of the prophecy 'Judicii signum tellus etc.'

SK 8495 (see Gneuss-Lapidge)
Language(s): Latin

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment
Extent: i + 65 leaves
Dimensions (binding): 11.625 × 8.25 in.


Good historiated and other diagrams.

Good initial. (Pächt and Alexander iii. 62, pl. VII)


In Langbaine's time (1655) this MS. had still no binding.


Origin: 11th century, second half ; English

Provenance and Acquisition

Two manuscripts bound together (Pächt and Alexander). Perhaps from Exeter Cathedral (Gneuss & Lapidge).

'Georgius Chudlegh, Walterus Struchlegh [for Strechlegh?], Devonienses' (16th cent.) is on fol. 62.

Presented by sir Henry Savile in 1620.

Record Sources

Description adapted (Jan. 2021) from the following sources, with additional reference to published literature as cited:
Otto Pächt and J. J. G. Alexander, Illuminated Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library, Oxford, III (1973), no. 62 [decoration, origin, date]
Summary Catalogue (1922)

Digital Images

Digital Bodleian (13 images from 35mm slides)
Digital Bodleian (1 image from 35mm slides)


    Printed descriptions:

    H. Gneuss and M. Lapidge, Anglo-Saxon Manuscripts : A Bibliographical Handlist of Manuscripts and Manuscript Fragments Written or Owned in England up to 1100 (2014), no. 536 ('s. xi ex.')

Last Substantive Revision

2021-01-13: Description revised to incorporate all information in SC and Pächt and Alexander.