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

MS. Lat. class. e. 50

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


Cicero, works
Language(s): Latin
Hyginus, Astronomica
Language(s): Latin

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: paper
Extent: ii + 215 + ii
Dimensions (leaf): 196 × 135 mm.
Dimensions (ruled): (i) c.125; (ii) c.115 × 77–9 mm.
Foliation: modern pencil: i, 1–218, incorporating the foliation of a few leaves in previous modern pencil


(i) 23; (ii) 18 written lines per page; in 1 column


Written in six 'booklets', by numerous hands


Plain red initials.

Spaces left for initials.

Astronomical diagram of the globe, with the poles, equator, tropics of cancer and capricorn, and zodiac signs on fol. 34v.


Origin: 15th century, last quarter, c. 1487 (?) ; Italian

Provenance and Acquisition

Dr. Charles Humberd

Sold by Payne to Rev. Henry Drury in 1825; Drury sale 1827, lot 989

Bought by Thorpe for Phillipps

Sir Thomas Phillipps (1792–1872), MS. 3350

Phillipps sale, Sotheby's, 6 June 1898 and following days, lot 668

Sold to Quaritch

Quaritch catalogue 180, 1898, item 29, and Catalogue 211, 1902, item 169

Sotheby's 24 June 1907, lot 715, bought by Leighton for £4 4s.

J. & J. Leighton, Catalogue of Rare Books, Illuminated MSS. and Fine Bindings, Part XIV, CI.-CY., item 7539, re-offered in their Catalogue of Manuscripts, Mostly Illuminated Many in Fine Bindings (c. 1914?, not later than 1915) [Bod. 2593 e. 952/ii], item 67 (£7 7s.)

Swann Gallery, NY, 11 Oct. 1979, lot 233, bought by Quaritch for the Bodleian.

Record Sources

Draft description by Peter Kidd, late 1990s

Last Substantive Revision

2017-07-01: First online publication.