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

Last Substantive Revision

2017-07-01: First online publication.