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

MS. Lat. misc. f. 40

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


(fol. 1)
Michael Scot , Physiognomia siue De secretis naturae
Rubric: Incipit liber phisionomie quem compilavit magister Michael Scotus
Incipit: Imperator inter cetera quibus te oportet

The arrangement of the text closely resembles that of the printed editions (e.g., that of Venice 1477, Hain 14550).

Language(s): Latin
(fol. 87)
Note on the duties of a prelate to his subjects

Dated 1495

Language(s): Latin
(fol. 87v)
Oratio S. Gregorii,

with indulgence; written 21 July 1491

Incipit: Domine Jesu Christe adoro te in cruce pendentem
Language(s): Latin

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment (fols. 1-32v) and paper (fols. 33-91), watermark sole of shoe, cf. Briquet 13618.
Extent: vii + 91 leaves
Dimensions (leaf): 130 × 95 mm.
Dimensions (written): 90 × 65–70 mm.


1(10), 2(10), 3(12)–7(12), 8(12) (10–12 canc.) Catchwords.


21, 22 long lines


Written by Johannes Laurentii of Siena


Spaces for initials left unfilled.


modern binding.


Origin: 1487-1488 ; Italian, Venice

Provenance and Acquisition

‘Expliciunt rubrice … per me magistrum Johannem Laurentii de Senis ordinis minorum. Anno domini 1487. Die 15 decembris. Innocentio 8o pon. maximo etc. Ansano meo Venctiis studii gratia existente’ (fol.4). ‘Per me magistrum Johanem Laurentii de Senis ordinis minorum … 1488 die 10 martii. …’ (fol. 86). According to a note on fol.86v by Luigi de Angelis, the scribe drew up the catalogue of the Library of the Franciscans at Siena in 1481 and commented on the Bible, both of which MSS. were then in the possession of Luigi de Angelis. See B.L.R. II, 1947, p.170.

Sir William Grace, bought in Siena, 1840, his sale, Dublin, J. F. Jones, 8 Nov. 1840, lot 1555

E. B. Gardner (bookplate)

Given by Sir Charles Nicholson, Bart., 1945.

Record Sources

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

Last Substantive Revision

2017-07-01: First online publication.