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

MS. Auct. F. 6. 5

Summary Catalogue no.: 1856


Language(s): Latin

Boethius , De consolatione philosophiae
Rubric: Anitii. Mallii. Seuerini. Boetii. ordinarii. Philosofice consolationis Liber primus incipit

The colophon adds 'patricii' after 'ordinarii' and gives the usual title 'De consolatione philosophie'.

(fol. vii)
Incipit: Tempore Theodorici regis

Accessus to art. 1.

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment
Extent: vii + 80 leaves
Dimensions (leaf): 8 × 5.375 in.


Miniatures: Boethius writing his book (fol. vii verso), and Boethius in prison with a cord round his neck listening to Philosophy, and attended by two persons blowing trumpets: at top is an eagle with expanded wings.


Historiated initial. (P&A iii. 103, pl. X)


Origin: 12th century, second quarter ; English, Winchester or Hereford (?)

Provenance and Acquisition

Presented by William Harwood, prebendary of Winchester, in 1611.

Record Sources

Description adapted (March 2020) from the following sources:
Otto Pächt and J. J. G. Alexander, Illuminated Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library Oxford, III (1973), no. 103 [decoration, date, origin]
Summary Catalogue (1922) [contents, decoration, provenance and acquisition]

Digital Images

Digital Bodleian (5 images from 35mm slides)

Last Substantive Revision

2020-03-19: Description revised to include all information in SC.