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

MS. Auct. F. 4. 20

Summary Catalogue no.: 8885


Language(s): Latin

1. (fol. 1)
Horace, Odes
2. (fol. 64)
Horace, Epodes
3. (fol. 77)
Horace, Carmen saeculare
4. (fol. 79)
Horace, De arte poetica

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: paper
Extent: i + 90 + i fols.
Dimensions (leaf): 197 × 145 mm.


1 col., 24–25 lines, written space 120–5 × c. 80 mm.


Written in humanistic script by Johannes de Munti (fol. 88v). For another MS. written by this scribe see Colophons de mss., iii., no. 10713.


Initial (unfinished). (Pächt and Alexander ii. 955)

Penwork initial.

Spaces left for other initials.



Origin: 1463 ; Italian, Lombardy (?)

Provenance and Acquisition

Fol. 88v: ‘Horatij de arte poetica explicit feliciter. τὲλωσ αγατου. Finitum per me Johannem de Munti die 18 Aprilis 1463’.

Nicolas Heinsius, 1620–81: his sale, March 1683, catalogue, II, p. 89, no. 361.

Purchased by Edward Bernard (1638–97).

Purchased from Bernard's widow for the Bodleian in 1698.

Record Sources

Description adapted (2018) from the following sources:
A. G. Watson, Catalogue of Dated and Datable Manuscripts c.435–1600 in Oxford Libraries (Oxford, 1984), no. 58 [physical description, origin, provenance]
Otto Pächt and J. J. G. Alexander, Illuminated Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library, Oxford, II (1970), no. 955 [decoration, script]
Summary Catalogue (1895) [contents, provenance]

Last Substantive Revision

2018-10-24: Fully revised to incorporate all information in Watson, Pächt and Alexander, and SC.