MS. Broxb. 89.5
Summary Catalogue no.: Not in SC (late accession)
Former shelfmark: Broxbourne ledger no. R 1151
Conradus de Ebraco, Sermones, etc.; Germany (?Cologne), late 14th century (?1396)
Ownership inscriptions (see Provenance)(fol. i verso) Four-line note quoting Augustine, De opere monachorum, cap. XXV, 33
CPL 305; PL 40, col. 573.
Perhaps by the same hand as the list of contents on the recto
Also present in St Florian, Stiftsbibliothek, MS XI 270, dated 1442
A ‘i’ is added before the ‘x’ and a ‘.96.’ added after it, in paler ink, suggesting that the intention was to change ‘x’ to ‘ix’ and thus Roman ‘16’ to ‘96’, i.e. altering 1316 to 1396.
Fols. 88r–93v are unwritten.
Ruled in 2 cols., c. 34–42 lines, column space 160–75 × 50 mm.
Gothic cursive (bastarda), with several changes of script, most strikingly at fol. 2v.
Spaces for 2-line initials not filled in.
Medieval limp parchment binding, with sewing through a rigid tanned leather back plate with two metal bosses, and four holes in a cross or lozenge pattern. (Cf. Szirmai, The archaeology of medieval bookbinding, figs. 10.12, 10.14.)
The front cover inscribed with 15th-century notes on the contents.
The foot of the spine with a 17th(?)-century paper label inscribed ‘38’, and ‘379’ in the 18th/19th-century.
Provenance and Acquisition
Cologne, the Charterhouse of St. Barbara: with their list of contents and ownership inscription: ‘Liber domus sancte Barbare in Colonia ordinis Carthusiensis’ (fol. ir); inscribed in the 16th century ‘Author horum sermonum est Conradus de Ebroco’ (fol. ir); listed as ‘Sermones Conradi de Ebraco’ in their 17th-century inventory (Cologne, Historisches Archiv, Kartäuser, Repertorien und Handschriften 14; see R. B. Marks, The Library of the Charterhouse of St. Barbara in Cologne, Analecta Cartusiana, 21–22 (Salzburg, 1974), II, p. 430, no. 00 138); their MS 379 (cf. spine and inside front cover); the house was suppressed in 1796.
Johann Matthias Heberle, bookseller and auctioneer of Cologne; sold in 1821 as part of a group of about 135 MSS. from St Barbara’s, Cologne, to:
Leander van Ess (1772–1847), of Darmstadt (on whom see Hermann Knaus, ‘Die Handschriften des Leander van Eß’, Archiv für Geschichte des Buchwesens, 1 (pts. 3/4, 1956), 1958, 331–36, and Milton McC. Gatch, ed., ‘so precious a foundation’: The Library of Leander van Ess at the Burke Library of Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York, exh. cat. (New York, 1996); MS 77 in his Sammlung und Verzeichniss handschriftlicher Bücher (Darmstadt, 1823); his collection sold en bloc in 1842 to:
Sir Thomas Phillipps (1792–1872), his MS. 462, with this number and his stencilled rampant lion crest (fol. ir); sale at Sotheby’s, Bibliotheca Phillippica, 6 June 1910, and following days, lot 207; bought by Maggs Bros.
Albert Ehrman (1890–1969); with his lozenge-shaped armorial bookplate above his notes in pencil; Broxbourne ledger no. R 1151; inscribed ‘1151’. next to his lozenge-shaped ‘AE’ ink stamp (inside back cover).
Presented to the Bodleian by his son, John Ehrman, in 1978 through the Friends of the National Libraries.
Digital Bodleian (full digital facsimile)
Last Substantive Revision
2021-04-21: Andrew Dunning Updated Peter Kidd description.