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

MS. Lat. misc. e. 113

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


Samuel of Fez , Disputatio Abutalib Saraceni et Samuelis Judei que fides precellat

Latin translation from the Arabic by Alfonso Buenhombre

Incipit: Ego frater Alfonsus hyspanus libellum hunc antiquissimum
Final rubric: Explicit disputacio Abutalib Saraceni et Samuelis Iudei que fides percellatan christianorum an Saracenorum An Iudeorum translata per fratrem Alfonsum de Arabico in latinum (fol. 18r)
Language(s): Latin

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment
Extent: vi (paper) + 19 + cxxxiii (paper)
Dimensions (leaf): 200 × 135 mm.
Dimensions (ruled): 125-7 × 76-8 mm.
Foliation: Modern pencil: i-vi, 1-152


32-3 lines; in 1 columns


Good bookhand with secretary features; guides survive for rubrics which were never executed.


Good border, initials.


Sewn on five cords and bound in late 17th- or early 18th-century red leather over pasteboards (for Rawlinson), the covers tooled in gilt with a scallop shell in each corner, and in the centre with a wreath enclosing a crest in the form of a bird holding a scallop shell (?) in its beak; the spine stamped with foliate designs and lettered in gilt 'DISPUT. | SARACEN | & IUDÆI | M. S.'; the edges of the leaves speckled with red


Origin: 15th century, third quarter ; English

Provenance and Acquisition

Philip, Landgrave of Hesse (said to have been previously owned by his uncle, Prince Albert)

Given by him in 1692 to Daniel Duncan (1649-1735), the Scottish Doctor (see DNB)

Thomas Rawlinson, F.R.S., for whom the present binding was executed, his sale, 4 March 1733/34, lot 531

D. F. Henley Welch, sold at Sotheby's 31 March, 1952, lot 23 (with a cutting from the sale catalogue glued to fol. ir), bought by Halliday for £60.

Sold at Sotheby's, 10 Dec. 1969, lot 40, bought by Quaritch on behalf of the Bodleian

Record Sources

Preliminary description by Peter Kidd, late 1990s