Dep. c. 630
Summary Catalogue no.: Not in SC (late accession)
Johannes Herolt, Sermones discipuli, etc.; Germany, 1462
Erfurt Carthusian ownership inscription dated 1465 (see Provenance).
Detailed table of contents, s. xv2, inside front cover, listing arts. 1–13.
Temporale (fols. 1r–6r), Sanctorale for major feasts (fols. 6r–7v), and Common of saints (fol. 7r–v), followed by ‘In dedicatione ecclesiarum’ and ‘De beata virgine’.
The entry for each gospel ends as above ‘factum est … ’, giving its date and the year of Christ's age. Fols. 8r–9v blank.
From Advent to Easter Saturday occupy quires 2–10, whose last two leaves (fols. 116r–117v) are blank; Easter Day starts on fol. 118r.
Sermons numbered in ink in the upper margin, 1–136 (sometimes in red, especially from fol. 127v onwards).Kaeppeli, Scriptores, no. 2387 [i]; ed. Mainz (1612) (printed by J. Albin for B. Wolter), i. 1–771. (There is no modern edition, we therefore follow N. R. Ker, MMBL, IV (1992), pp. 325–28 in citing vol. I of the 1612 Mainz edition, of which a digitized copy is available through Google Books and the Hathi Trust. A 1518 Lyon edition is also online, and uses the same sermon numbering, but is less convenient to cite because it is not paginated or foliated).
The letters in the margins of these and the other Herolt sermons below are used in the original cross-references; they do not start with A at the beginning of sermons, nor do they correspond to the columns of this particular copy.
There is an added note of papal indulgences for the feast of the Last Supper, granted by Popes Urban IV, Martin V, and Eugene [IV], totalling 11,100 days (fol. 166v, lower margin).
Unidentified. Described in table of contents at the front as Aliqui peregrini sermones; they are not as Herolt ed. Mainz (1612), ii. 235–6 (Margaret), 236–41 (Mary Magdalene). These sermons were added (with different script and layout) on leaves left blank at the end of quire 27; fols. 314v–315v and 319r–v remain blank.
Treated in the Table of contents as a separate item; ‘In die Michaelis Sermo de angelis’, ‘De omnibus sanctis’ and ‘De animabus’
Ed. Mainz (1612) i. 891–911.
Described in table of contents at the front as ‘Sermones de beata virgine’ed. Mainz (1612), i. 911–42/14, i.e. ending with the ‘exemplum de quodam rustico’, followed by the explicit as ibid. i. 944, but here without the words ‘per modum magistri’.
Numbered 161–3 (164).
Most of the following items have two very similar headings, the first in plain ink, underlined, the second in red ink; the former is given here, with any further additional words from the rubrics in brackets.
From Nicholas to Katherine (6 Dec. – 25 Nov.); includes Kylian, Henry, and Dominic (fol. 386r).
Six entries for Dedication, followed by one De penitencia.
Abstinencia to Ypocrita.
Abstinencia to Ypocrisis
Printed ed. Mainz (1612), ii, last 7 pages, where the short paragraph here following the explicit of (b) precedes it.
Frame ruled for 2 columns.
Fols. 1–10: c. 42 lines, ruled space c. 235 × 145 mm.
Fols. 11–117: c. 45–55 lines, ruled space c. 235 × 140 mm.
Fols. 118–314 c. 40–47 lines, ruled space c. 235 × 140 mm.
Fols. 316r–318v, c. 65 lines, ruled space c. 260–70 × 135 mm.
Fols. 320–415: c. 46–52 lines, ruled space c. 230 × 135-40 mm.
Written in cursiva, by several hands, changing at fols. 10 (beginning of quire 2), 118 (beginning of quire 11), 320 (beginning of quire 28), and 404 (beginning of quire 35); for the added texts on fols. 316r–318v); for almost all fol. 359v, and for 13 lines on fol. 381vb.
Red initials, most spaces left blank after f. 304.
Contemporary binding. Sewn on four double bands laced into wood boards covered with polished brown leather, blind-tooled with five stamps: (i) an eagle displayed in a circle (20 mm. diameter) (cf. EBDB s015440), (ii) foliage in a lozenge (28 × 19 mm.) (cf. EBDB s001029), (iii) two ivy-leaves on a stem (30 × 14 mm.) (cf. EBDB s015831), and (iv) a seated figure holding up a ring (?ape with mirror) (8 × 8 mm.), the first occupying the full lozenges and the second the half-lozenges at the sides of the centre section, which is surrounded by a border with the third stamp along the sides and the fourth in the corners, the central lattice and the borders being defined by four fillets with the central band hatched, with the fifth stamp, ‘yhs’ (28 × 21 mm.) (cf. EBDB s031734), in the centre of the top border on the front cover. Four stamps are associated with the Schriftstempel-Meister workshop in Leipzig, EBDB w000846; cf. MS. Hamilton 30. Metal corner-pieces; five bosses on each cover, all missing; catchplates; the clasps modern; the joints repaired and the spine re-applied upside-down such that a 19th(?)-century title in ink ‘ … | SERMONES’ is now inverted in the second compartment from the bottom and a 20th-century leather title-piece is in the second compartment from the top.
The quire-strengthening strips are from a 12th-century noted service-book.
Provenance and Acquisition
Written in part by Jodocus Christen, at ‘Smoll’ (unidentified), in 1462 (fol. 415v). (This manuscript not included in Watson, Dated and Datable). Christen also wrote in 1458 a manuscript that was lot 89 in the 1836 von Bülow sale; in 1460 he wrote part of MS. Hamilton 30, and parts of two or more Bibles (von Bülow sale, 1836 [see below], lots 155, 156, 158); in 1463 the second volume of a two-volume Bible (von Bülow sale, lot 149); in 1477 he was elected Prior of Erfurt, and in 1479 first Prior of Martinstal Charterhouse near Crimmitschau in Saxony. He was presumably dead before 1485 as his successor died in that year.
Jodocus Christen; given in 1465 (together with MS. Hamilton 30, which also contains Sermons by John Herolt), to:
Erfurt, Carthusian abbey of St. Salvator: ‘Volumen hoc pertinet ad domum Salvatoris ordinis Carthusiensis prope Erfordiam a domino Iodoco Cristen anno noviciatus sui 1465 eidem intestatus traditus’ (front pastedown); their library catalogue no. O.49 (Mittelalterliche Bibliothekskataloge Deutschlands und der Schweiz, II, p. 498).
Friedrich Gottlieb Julius von Bülow: his sale at Gisleben, Bibliotheca Büloviana … Dritter Theil (Handschriften) …, 10 October 1836 and following days, lot 126.
Gilyatt Sumner (1793-1875) of Woodmansey, Yorks., signed and dated 1856, and inscribed with his(?) shelfmark, ‘Case B AA’ (fol. 1r); his sale, Beverley, 31 October 1877, lot 12.
Unidentified English bookseller, with a clipping from their priced catalogue and traces of another clipping (back pastedown; cf. erased pencil price on front pastedown).
‘Deposited [at the Bodleian] by the National Trust (from Snowshill Manor, Glos.) 26 Jan. 1981.’ (fol. ir).
Digital Bodleian (full digital facsimile)
Last Substantive Revision
2021-05: Description revised by Peter Kidd for Polonsky German digitization project.