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

MS. Lat. misc. e. 118

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


Bartolomeo Facio, Dialogus de vitae felicitate

Beg. fol.3, preceded by the preface to King Alfonso I of Naples and V of Aragon, beg. imperf. fol.2. Followed (fol 59) by Facio's letter to Roberto Strozzi. First printed Cologne, 1473, in Dialogi decem auctorum (Proctor 1101). Fol. 61–62v were originally blank.

Language(s): Latin

Physical Description

Secundo Folio: se posse confidat
Form: codex
Support: parchment
Extent: ii + 61 leaves
Dimensions (leaf): 160 × 120 mm.
Dimensions (written): 104 × 79 mm.
Foliation: contemporary foliation 2–62 (fol.1 is missing)


1(2) (including pastedown), 2(8) (2 missing), 3(8) - 8(8), 9(8) (8 used as pastedown), catchwords


18 long lines ruled in red or purple ink


bâtarde bourgignonne


Blue initials flourished in red.


Contemporary binding in bevelled wooden boards covered in white leather, later rebacked; traces of central green silk strap which fastened to surviving pin in lower cover.


Origin: c. 1450–1460 ; Flemish, Bruges (?)

Provenance and Acquisition

(Fol. iv, flyleaf) ‘Tabula de principaliter tractatis in hoc libro secundum numerum foliorum’ (15th cent. English hand)

(fol.ii) form of the institution of a Benedictine abbot and the profession of obedience of a monk, mentioning Hyde abbey at Winchester and an abbot ‘Thomas’, probably Thomas Forte, abbot 1485–8 (late 15th cent?).

Fol.9v: ‘Richard Dowse ys boucke’ (16th cent.).

Lot 62 in Sotheby sale 8 July 1974. Bought.

Record Sources

Typescript description by Bodleian Library staff.


Last Substantive Revision

2017-07-01: First online publication.