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MS 124: Composite manuscript containing three texts, 1459

Identifier: MS 124


This manuscript was created in 1459 by a German scribe, Marquard Rode, in Paris. It contains versions of philosophical texts complied by Antonius Andreas and based on the work of Duns Scotus. Antonius Andreas, or Antonio Andrés, was born around 1280 and died around 1320; he was a Spanish Franciscan theologian, and a pupil of Duns Scotus. Duns Scotus, or John Duns, was an important philosopher-theologian, originally from Scotland. The last section seems to be a later addition.

The contents are as follows:

ff. 1r-56r: Tractatus questionum de principiis nature by Antonius Andreas

ff. 57r-190r: Quaestiones Metaphysicae (Excerpts from Duns Scotus’ Questionibus super Metaphysica) by Antonius Andreas

f. 190v: Two medical prescriptions

The texts are described separately under MS 124/ff. 1r-56r; MS 124/ff. 57r-190r; and MS 124/f. 190v.


A small, neat hand, rather difficult to read.


The ornament consists of blue and red filigree initials and larger floriated initials on burnished gold ground, the colouring being blue, lake, vermilion, green, and yellow. At the beginning of each treatise (f. 1r and f. 57r) the initials have partial scroll borders, and the initial on f. 1r has the head and shoulders of a monk, probably a representation of Duns Scotus himself.


  • Creation: 1459

Language of Materials


Physical Description

There are many stains of moisture in the book, especially at the beginning and end.

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open to all. The manuscripts can be consulted in the Centre for Research Collections, Edinburgh University Main Library.


1 bound MS volume

Custodial History

From the colophon (see Contents) we learn that the manuscript was written by a German scribe, Marquard Rode, in Paris. The device of the original owner is executed in the margin of f. 1r, but it has not been identified. It has upon it the initials P. S.

Previous reference

Laing 144

Previous title

Title given to the manuscript in Catherine Borland’s catalogue: Tractatus Questionum de Principiis Nature. Antonii Andree Questiones Super Metaphysica Aristotelis


Mensa I Valls, Jaume. “Antoni Andreu, mestre escotista. Balanç d'un segle d'estudis.” Arxiu de Textos Catalans Antics 31 (2014), p. 901.
Mohan, Gaudens E. “Initia Operum Franciscalium.” Franciscan Studies 35 (1975), p. 85.

Physical Description

There are many stains of moisture in the book, especially at the beginning and end.

Physical Facet

Material: Paper with vellum fly-leaves

Binding: Oak boards covered brown stamped leather, worm-eaten; parts of 2 brass clasps and ends of 2 ribbons, much damaged in back

Collation: a10-t10=190


23.34 cm x 16.51 cm


Secundo folio: forma ad quam

Foliation and number of lines to a page: ff. 190, double columns, 39 lines to a page

Repository Details

Part of the University of Edinburgh Library Heritage Collections Repository

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