Scope and Contents
This manuscript contains eleven texts bound together, in different hands. It is a 12-century manuscript, probably English. The different texts are listed below and detailed separately.
ff. 1r-108v: 'Biblia Abbreviata'
ff. 108v-143v: 'Testimoniorum Ysidori contra Judeos', also known as De fide catholica contra Iudaeos by Isidore of Seville
ff. 144r-150r: In Platonis Timaeum commentarius, a translation of Plato's Timaeus by Calcidius
ff. 150r-157r: De nuptiis Philologiae et Mercurii [incomplete] by Martianus Capella
ff. 158r-179v: Commentarii in Somnium Scipionis [incomplete] by Macrobius
ff. 180r-192r: De natura deorum [incomplete] by Cicero
ff. 192r-198r: 'Trimogestus ad Asclepium et Hammonam et Ermium' [incomplete], also known as Asclepius (extracts from chapter 2 and 28)
ff. 198r-203v: De Deo Socratis [incomplete] by Apuleius (extract from chapter 3)
ff. 204r-236v: In Platonis Timaeum commentarius, a translation of Plato's Timaeus by Calcidius (extract from chapter 23)
ff. 237r-243r: 'Dicta Albumassar' by Abū Maʻshar, a Latin traduction of Madkhal ilá ʻilm aḥkām al-nujūm (Introduction to Astronomy)
f.243v contains an inscription detailing the provenance of the manuscript (see 'Custodial History'). There are also later notes on the end fly-leaf related to this inscription.
The texts are described separately, under MS 16/ff. 1r-108v; MS 16/ff. 108v-143v; MS 16/ff. 144r-150r; MS 16/ff. 150r-157r; MS 16/ff. 158r-179v; MS 16/ff. 180r-192r; MS 16/ff. 192r-198r; MS 16/ff. 198r-203v; MS 16/ff. 204r-236v; and MS 16/ff. 237r-243r.
An earlier foliation appears on f. 109r, starting at 1 again, and continuing without gaps until the end of the volume. Several pages have been cut out throughout the book.
This is a well-written manuscript, by several different hands, without attempt at ornament. There are plain black capitals, and the rubrics are in rustic capitals.
Some of the headings are late insertions. On f.85 verso, a blank page, there is a crude pen-and-ink drawing of a ship in full sail, obviously also a late insertion. On f.101 verso, there is a drawing of Christ, and on f.157 verso there is a similar drawing of another Saint, both of which also appear to be late.