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). (P&A ii. 955)

Penwork initial, spaces left for other initials, rubrcis.


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, P&A, and SC.