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

MS. Radcliffe Trust e. 30

Summary Catalogue no.: 51844

Physical Description

Composite: two parts
Form: codex
Support: parchment
Extent: 55 leaves
Dimensions (leaf): 205 × 145 mm.

History

Provenance and Acquisition

Halliwell cat. of 1840, nos. 38, 39

Sotheby's 27 June 1840, lot 116

Transferred from Radcliffe Science Library, 1935

Record Sources

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

MS. Radcliffe Trust e. 30 - Part 1

Contents

Language(s): English

1. (fol. 1)
Treatise on diet and astrology ('Gouernayle of helth').
Incipit: (preface)In this treteez that ys called Gouernayle of helth
Incipit: (text) ⟨H⟩yt nedyth hym pat wol lyue long in hole of body
Explicit: A worthy doctor made pis litel tretees after pe descripcion of dyvers doctoures s. Bernard, Austyn, Plate et Tholome, Arystotes et Galyen, Cydrac and Avycen and mony oder doctoris acordyth with pe same.
Language(s): English
2. (fol. 39v)

Cryptogram, with key, of owner's name (see under provenance)

Language(s): English
3. (fol. 40)
Table giving the astrological significance of the letters of the alphabet (in a contemporary hand)
Language(s): English
4. (fol. 40v)
Astrological wheel (in a contemporary hand)
Language(s): English

Physical Description

Dimensions (ruled): 150-5 × 100 mm.

Collation

1(8), 2(8)(wants 6), 3(8), 4(8)catchwords

Layout

29-32 long lines

Decoration

Spaces for initials left unfilled

History

Origin: 15th century, second half ; English

Provenance and Acquisition

On fol. 39v is a cryptogram, with a key, of ‘Iste liber pertinet et [ sic forad] Alexandrum Paresshe est modo … quod est amen’.

'J. O. Halliwell no. 14' (fol. 1)

MS. Radcliffe Trust e. 30 - Part 2

Contents

Language(s): English

(fol. 41)
Treatise on astrology ('The wisest boke of philosophie and astronomye')
Incipit: Here beginneth the wisest boke of philosophie and astronomye compyled and ymade of the wysest philosofers
Explicit: and wyth my blessyng. Amen.

The opening sections (fol.41rv) are also those of a similar work in MS. Add. B. 17 (S.C. 28967). In another contemporary hand.

Language(s): English
(fols. 55v-56v)
Astrological text

A list of the astrological houses and the mode of life best followed by those born under each.

Language(s): English

Physical Description

Dimensions (ruled): 145 × 90 mm.

Collation

1(8), 2(8)catchwords

Layout

31 long lines

Decoration

Spaces for initials left unfilled

History

Origin: 16th century, first half ; English

Provenance and Acquisition

'Bibl. Hall. 48' (fol. 41) with stamp