Mediaeval Manuscripts

In this section of the site, you will find PDF versions of some of the many ancient manuscripts and chiromancies that I have been fortunate enough to read. These texts are largely inaccessible to the general public as they are kept in university libraries and museums – but they are presented here in order to make them more freely available.

For those of an academic inclination, I have included their source, location and reference numbers (where available) so that should you have the opportunity to visit these libraries, you will be saved many hours of searching.

I have also included here my book Codices Chiromantii Bodleiani, which is a catalogue of all the manuscripts and incunabula from the C12th to the C17th held in the Bodleian Library of Oxford University. This includes a short description of the manuscript or text together with a brief outline of its contents.

If you would like to peruse the whole History of Handreading, then please see my extended essay on the subject.

Codices Chiromantii Bodleiani
by Christopher Jones

History of Handreading
by Christopher Jones

Enjoy this journey into the Mediaeval mind !

The Writings of Aristotle

Pseudo Aristotle (c 1400)
Digby Roll IV (c 1450)
Metham’s Palmestry Old English (c 1450)
Metham’s Palmestry (modern English)

The English Fortune Teller (c 1680)
Palmistry Displayed (c 1680)
Aristotle’s Masterpiece (c 1684)


MS Digby Roll IV c1440
Bodleian Library, Oxford University