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

MS. Savile 5

Summary Catalogue no.: 6552


(fol. 1)
Commentary on Ptolemy, Quadripartitum siue Tetrabiblos
Rubric: Ἐξηγητὴς ἀνώνυμος εἰς τὴν τετράβιβλον Πτολεμαίον
Incipit: Τὰ προοίμια ποιεῖται ὁ Πτολέμαίος πρὸς τοὺς τὴν ἀστρονομίαν μὴ οἰομένους εἶναι τέχνην

Εnds abruptly in the middle of a page with 'τὸ δὲ περιέχον ἂνευ τούτων συνίσταται καθ᾽αὑτό'

Language(s): Greek
(fol. 4)
Commentary on Ptolemy, Quadripartitum siue Tetrabiblos
Incipit: Κεϕ. α. 'Tὸ προοίμιόν ἐστι πρὸς τοὺς οἰομένους τὴν ἀστρονομίαν μὴ εἶναι τέχνην'

With diagrams

Language(s): Greek
(fol. 117)
Porphyrius Tyrius, Commentary on Ptolemy, Quadripartitum siue Tetrabiblos
Rubric: Πορϕυρίου ϕιλοσόϕου εἰσαγωγὴ εἰς τὴν ἀποτελεσματικὴν [τούτεστι τετράβιβλον] τοῦ Πτολεμαίου
Incipit: Ἐπειδὴ τὰ περὶ τῆς συγκριτικῆς θεωρίας

With diagrams

See fols 28v, 45v and 87v for the division of books

Language(s): Greek
(fol. 137)
'Hermes', Corpus Hermeticum
Rubric: Ἑρμοῦ Τρισμεγίστου λόγος καθολικὸς πρὸς Tᾶτ
Incipit: Θεὸς τὸ θεῖον, λέγω νῦν οὐ τὸ γεννητὸν

Followed at fol. 139 by 'Έρμοῦ ἱερὸς λόγος', beginning 'Δόξα πάντων ὁ θεός'

This whole article is in a different hand from the rest

Language(s): Greek

At fol. 140 follow some Latin astronomical notes 'ex Firmico'

Language(s): Latin
(fol. 143)
Rhetorical tables
Incipit: Κοινὸς τεχ⟨ν⟩ῶν ὂpos ἐστὶν ὁ λέγων
Language(s): Greek
(fol. 164)
Ptolemy, Harmonica
Rubric: Κλανδίου Πτολεμαίον ἁρμονικά

Ending in cap. 16 'τῶν ἀπὸ τοῦ τονιαίου (γένους)

On fol. 187 a fragment of the same work is added in a later hand: cod. S. in Wallis's edition (Oxford, 1698)

Language(s): Greek

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: paper
Extent: iii + 196
Dimensions (binding): 12.125 × 9.875 in.




Origin: 16th century

Provenance and Acquisition

Henry Savile (d. 1622)

Bequeathed by Dr Peter Turner, who died in January 1650/1651

Probably claimed for the Savile library in 1655

Record Sources

Description adapted (December 2023) by Stewart J. Brookes from the Summary Catalogue (1937)


Last Substantive Revision

2023-12-12: Description revised to incorporate all the information in the Summary Catalogue (1937)