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

MS. Lat. misc. e. 52

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


1. (fol. 2)
Francesco da Buti, Regulae grammaticae
Rubric: Regule gramatice’
Incipit: Ne rudium turba scolarium vago diducentur errore… Ego Franciscus de Bruti Piscis (sic for Pisanus) civis gramatice ac rectorice profexor indignus regulas gramatice… compilavi
Explicit: et hec de figuris etc.
Final rubric: Expliciunt Regule gramatice.
Language(s): Latin
2. (fol. 82)
Francesco da Buti, Regule rethorice
Rubric: Regule recthorice
Incipit: Quoniam facultas recthorice sine arte potest difficiliter edoceri
Explicit: cuius honori dicta superius et dicenda inferius referantur
Language(s): Latin
3. (fol. 88)
Francesco da Buti, Tractatus epistolarum
Rubric: Tractatus epistolarum
Incipit: Quoniam dictamen tripliciter dividitur
Explicit: mandata omni tempore obligatur. et hec de conclusione et epistolari dictamine dicta sufficiant.
Final rubric: Expliciunt regule artis dictaminis prosaici et epistolaris. Amen.

Another MS. of the work is Canon.misc.196.

Language(s): Latin

Physical Description

Secundo Folio: nominum sunt
Form: codex
Support: Paper. Watermarks: steer's head (not identified in Briquet); balance (fol.18, not identified in Briquet); circles cf.Briquet 3163; letter B cf.Briquet 7980.
Extent: 98 leaves
Dimensions (leaf): 215 × 140 mm.
Dimensions (written): 150–65 × 90–105 mm.


1(8) – 12(8) Catchwords.


mostly 32–5 long lines


Spaces for initials left unfilled.


modern binding.


Origin: 15th century ; Italian

Provenance and Acquisition

Augustus Frederick, Duke of Sussex (1773–1843), 6th son of George III, with his bookplate inscribed with the shelfmark 'VI | S. c. 14', his sale, part II, Evans, 31 July 1844 and three following days, probably lot 408 (Quarto, 'Regulae grammaticae. MS. of the XVth Century.')

Inscribed 'Puttick 1849', 'No. 38'

Sir Thomas Phillipps (1792–1872), MSS. 21549 and 21502, his sale, Sotheby's, 1898, lot 616, '616' on spine

Given by F. Madan, Bodley's Librarian, May 1917.

Record Sources

Typescript description by Bodleian library staff revised by Peter Kidd, late 1990s.

Last Substantive Revision

2017-07-01: First online publication.