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MS. Lat. class. c. 12

Summary Catalogue no.: Not in SC (late accession)


Claudian, De raptu Proserpinae,

with commentary of Geoffrey of Vitry

Incipit: (fol.1ra) In principio huius actoris sunt hec inquirenda, scilicet quis sit actor huius operis
Final rubric: (fol.14vb) Expliciunt feliciter glose supra minus opus Claudii Claudiani quas composuit emendavit et edidit Gaufridus Vitriacensis sicut testantur versus qui sunt in fine maioris operis. Hii scilicet Protulit in lumen actoris (corr. to auctoris by Poelman) utrumque volumen quodlibet intactum ducens Gafridus (corr.to Gaufridus by Poelman) in actum. Finito libro sit laus et gloria Christo. Amen.

L10 in edition of the De raptu by J.B. Hall, Cambridge, 1969, pp.17, 55. For the gloss see pp.71–2.

Probably originally part of a larger MS., consecutive with MS. Lat. class. c. 11 (q.v.)

Language(s): Latin

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment
Extent: i (modern parchment) + iv (paper) + 14 + iv (paper) + i (modern parchment)
Dimensions (leaf): 355 × 230 mm.
Dimensions (written): 281–92 × 172–80 mm.
Foliation: modern pencil: i-v, 1–19


1(14)(14 canc.?)fol. 1v


78–84 lines; in 2 columns; ruled in pencil


Red and blue initials with penwork.


Bound c.1800 in figured red velvet, with blue silk linings decorated in gold, edges gilt and gauffered. Paper flyleaves have watermarks ‘J. Whatman’ and ‘1794 J. Whatman’, cf. Heawood, nos. 3459–60.


Origin: 13th century, late ; French (Italian-looking hand) (?)

Provenance and Acquisition

Probably from same MS. as MS. Lat. class. c. 11.

Theodore Poelman (or Pulman), 16th century: annotated by him, and inscribed 'Sum Theodori Pulmanni' (fol. 1r). Cited as MS. P in his edition of Claudian, first published by Plantin, 1571; but M.A. Del Rio, in his Notae in Claudianum (Antwerp, 1572, but found accompanying Poelman's 1571 edition) refers to the MS. as ‘m.s. liber quam mihi utentum Victor Giselinus[i.e. Ghyselinc] singulari vir doctrina concessit’ (cit. Hall, ed. cit., p.17). At least one other MS. from Poelman's collection now in the Plantin Moretus Museum, MS. Lat. 120, was given to him by Giselinus.

John Broadley, his sale, 12 July 1832, lot 182 (this no. in pencil on fol. i verso).

Thomas Thorpe, Catalogue of upwards of 1400 MSS ..., 1836, no. 282

Sir Thomas Phillipps (1792–1872), MS. 8775

Sotheby's 28 Nov. 1967, lot 100. Bought.

Record Sources

Typescript description by Bodleian Library staff, revised by Peter Kidd, late 1990s.

Last Substantive Revision

2017-07-01: First online publication.