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

MS. Lat. misc. e. 127

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


Domenico di Vicenza, Compendium constructionum (a treatise on the parts of speech in Latin grammar; with a continuation)
Language(s): Latin

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: paper
Extent: iii (paper) + 90 + i (paper)
Dimensions (leaf): 213–4 × 140 mm.
Dimensions (ruled): 148–65 × 88–94 mm.
Foliation: Modern pencil: i-iii, 1–91


21–4 lines; in 1 column


Fine rounded bookhands by several scribes; fols. 87r-88v with additions in an Italian cursive hand


Coloured initials with penwork.


Sewn on five cords and bound in plain laid paper over pasteboards, 19th-century; the sewing become weak; the lower half of the spine covering missing


Origin: 1410 or later ; Italian, North-East, Venice (?)

Provenance and Acquisition

In a dedicatory inscription addressed to a high ecclesiastic, Domenico di Vicenza names himself as the author (fol. 76v), and states that he completed it in 1410 while living in Venice in the parish of San Giuliano, having begun it at Padua in the same year

A cutting from a priced bookseller's catalogue glued to the upper pastedown

J. O. Halliwell (later Halliwell-Phillipps), with a bookplate 'PRESENTED | TO THE | Plymouth Public ['Public' crossed through and changed to 'Proprietary'] Library, | [stamped in purple ink: 'CORNWALL SREET.' | BY | J. O. HALLIWELL, ESQ., F.S.A., | F.R.S., ETC, ETC. | .......' the last line inscribed 'No. 17.' (c.f. MS. Ital. e. 19).

Sold by them at Sotheby's, 11 July 1978, lot 30, bought by the Bodleian.

Record Sources

Preliminary description by Peter Kidd, late 1990s

Last Substantive Revision

2017-07-01: First online publication.