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MS. Auct. F. 5. 6

Summary Catalogue no.: 2195

Schoolbook of Latin verse; England, late 13th century


1. (fol. iv r)
Ps.-Bernard of Clairvaux, De contemptu mundi
Incipit: Cartula nostra tibi portat, dilecte, salutes

Ends, omitting the 12 usual last lines, 'Roboret etatem tribuatque tibi bonitatem'.

After this come the names of Cato and Theodolus in the 15th cent. list of contents on fol. iv r: so that some leaves have probably been lost at this point.

Language(s): Latin
2. (fol. 6)
Avianus, Fables
Final rubric: Explicit Liber Auiani

Imperfect at beginning, having lost the first nine fables and eight lines of the 10th: beg. 'Ille sagax tantis'.

With many glosses.

Language(s): Latin
3. (fol. 17v)
Maximianus, Elegiae
Rubric: Liber Maximiani
Language(s): Latin
4. (fol. 33)
Statius, Achilleis
Rubric: Liber Stacii
Language(s): Latin
5. (fol. 58v)
Claudian, De raptu Proserpinae
Rubric: Liber Claudiani
Language(s): Latin
6. (fol. 82)
Ovid, Remedia amoris
Rubric: Liber Ouidii de remedio Amoris
Language(s): Latin
7. (fol. 95)
William de Montibus, Poeniteas cito
Rubric: Liber de penitencia

With many glosses.

Language(s): Latin
8. (fol. 97v)
Glosses on Theodulus, Eclogues
Incipit: Ethiopum & cetera. Autor huius operis Athenis existens

Perhaps by Alexander Neckham: Betty Nye Quinn in Catalogus Translationum et Commentariorum 2: 383–408 (no. 2), this ms. at 397.

Language(s): Latin
9. (fol. 105)
Alanus ab Insula, Liber parabolorum
Incipit: A Phebo Phebe
Final rubric: Sufficit Exemplis

Here without title or author's name.

Language(s): Latin
10. (fol. 115v)
Matthew of Vendome, Tobias
Incipit: Ex agro ueteri
Language(s): Latin
11. (fol. 150)
John of Garland, De mysteriis ecclesiae
Incipit: Anglia quo fulget

Imperfect at end, ending with 'pugiles pro nomine Christi', some leaves being lost.

With many glosses.

Language(s): Latin

T. Hunt, Teaching and Learning Latin in Thirteenth-Century England I (1991) 74 n. 96 cites glosses in Anglo-Norman and refers to others in English.

Language(s): Anglo-Norman and Middle English

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment
Extent: iv + 161 leaves
Dimensions (binding): 9.5 × 7.625 in.


Art. 8 in 2 cols.


Coloured capitals.


17th century.

Accompanying Material

Fols. ii, 160 are the greater part of a grant from Thomas Bodley (afterwards sir Thomas) of London to Lawrence Bodley of an annuity from his messuage at Chart, next Sutton Valence in Kent, 1598, in English. This was in the binding, no doubt, which is of the 17th cent.


Origin: 13th century, late ; English

Provenance and Acquisition

The name of 'magister ... M. Sayndors' (Saunders?) seems to occur among some scribbling on fol. iv, as an owner in the 16th cent.

The volume seems to have been acquired between 1613 and 1620.

Record Sources

Description adapted (Jan. 2021) from the Summary Catalogue (1922), with additional reference to published literature as cited.

Last Substantive Revision

2021-01-15: Description revised to incorporate all information in SC.