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

MS. Add. B. 54

Summary Catalogue no.: 24723


Language(s): Latin

1. (fol. 2)
Horace, Odes

In four books, fols. 24, 38, 63.

2. (fol. 77)
Horace, Carmen saeculare
3. (fol. 79)
Horace, Epodes

Followed by:

Life of Horace
Incipit: Horatius Q. Flaccus libertino praecone patre natus

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment
Extent: ii + 98 fols.
Dimensions (leaf): 160 × 105 mm.
Dimensions (written): 105 × 60–5 mm.


1 col., 21 lines.


Humanistic script.

Fol. 95: 'Librum hunc Laurentius Petrini filius et Ballanteae domus suis manibus scripsit. Anno Mo ccccliiij'.


Fine borders, initials. (Pächt and Alexander ii. 264, pl. XXIV)

Coloured initials, gold headings.

Fol. 2r: initial M: gold initial with white-stem decoration on multicoloured ground.

Fol. 2r: border, upper, right and lower margins: white-stem decoration on multicoloured ground. In lower margin two winged putti support the coat of arms of Bellanti of Siena.


Origin: 1454 ; Italian, Siena (?)

Provenance and Acquisition

Celso Cittadini, 1553–1627: 'Emi ego Celsus Cittadinus a Fabio Paulinio librorum ueterum uenditore die xx Januarij 1603 iulios duodec.', fol. 95.

Guglielmo Libri, no. 500 in his sale, 1859.


Record Sources

Adapted (2018) from A. G. Watson, Catalogue of Dated and Datable Manuscripts; Pächt and Alexander (see Bibliography); and the Summary Catalogue (1905). Additional description of decoration by Elizabeth Solopova, c. 2000.


Last Substantive Revision

2017-07-01: First online publication.