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MS. Lat. class. f. 6

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


Solinus, Collectanea rerum mirabilium
Rubric: Julii Solini collectaneorum liber de mirabilibus mundi

Ed. by T.Mommsen, Berlin, 1895, whose class I MSS. this MS. resembles.

Language(s): Latin

Physical Description

Secundo Folio: universas eligere
Form: codex
Support: parchment
Extent: ii (modern parchment) + 146 + ii (modern parchment)
Dimensions (leaf): 170 × 120 mm.
Dimensions (written): 105 × 75 mm.
Foliation: modern pencil: i-ii, 1–10a, 10b-43a, 43b-146


1(8)–17(8), 18(10) catchwords


20 long lines, written above top line


Humanistic script.


Pächt and Alexander ii. 399:

Good border.

Illuminated initial on fol.1.

The rest plain red and blue capitals


Bound by Douglas Cockerell, 1900. Sewn on four bands and bound in pink-brown leather over wood boards with two plaited clasps, the spine lettered in gilt 'SOLINUS' and 'MS.SÆC.XV'; signed and dated on the lower turn-in.


Origin: 15th century, third quarter ; Italian, Ferrara

Provenance and Acquisition

There appears to be an erased inscription in the lower margin of fol. 123r.

Henry Drury, his sale, Sotheby's 20 March 1827, lot 3921

Sir Thomas Phillipps (1792–1872), MS. 6892

Ellis & Elvey, 1890

Bought by C. M. Firth

Bequeathed by him to the Bodleian, 1931.

Record Sources

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

Last Substantive Revision

2017-07-01: First online publication.