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MS. Douce 367

Summary Catalogue no.: 21942

Johannes Platterberger and Dietrich Truchseß, Excerpta chronicarum, part I; Germany (?Nuremberg), 15th century, second half (after 1459)


Johannes Platterberger; Dietrich Truchseß, Excerpta chronicarum (universal chronicle; part i)
(fols. 1r–6r)

Table of chapters

Rubric: Das erste Alter
Incipit: Die vorrede diser Cronicken von der Schopffung hymel ertrichs aller Creatur und de(s) ersten menschen
Explicit: Endung diser buchs und des fünnfften Alters Clxxxvij

The numbering of chapters is a single sequence, I–Clxxxvij, divided into Five Ages by coloured initials, and with additional initials at ‘Von der vorrede Troya .lxix.’ and ‘Von kning Allexandro dem grossen … C.liij.’

Fol. 6v ruled, fol. 7r–v blank.

(fol. i r–v)


Rubric: Dye vorrede ditz Buchs
Incipit: Wann nunn fruchtper nucz und loblichen ist dye tatt vnd Zeytung altter geschicht und Regirer […] Darumb voran got dem almechtigen zu lobe und der kayserlichen Stat Nuremberg […] (fol. i v) […] Und diss buch ist genant Excerpta Cronicarum […] und ist gemacht […] von Cristi unsers lieben herren gepurtt Tawsent vierhundertt und ym Newnundfunfftzigisten iaren des tags Mercury der funfften Nonas July der do was xj tag
(fols. i verso – Clxxxviij recto)
Rubric: Hie hebt sich an das erste teyll des puchs Excerpta Cronicarum genant […]
Incipit: Der almechtig ewig got aus der grossen miltigkeit seiner gute wolt den schatze seiner ewigen wunne und freüde alle zeitt rechlichen von ym flissende im allein nicht behalten
Explicit: So haben wir derselben merern zale yn diser Cronicken in disem ersten und anndern buch auch nachgevolgt und die gesetze und damit besliessen und ennden wir das erste tayle vnd puch dieser Cronicken Gebend lobe ere und dannck dem aller höchsten In ewigkeytt Amen

Sources are indicated in red: Ysidorus, Plinius, Lucidario, Scolastica Historia, Augustinus, Orosius, Crisostomus, Origenes, Yosephus/Josephus, Methodius, Solinus, et al.

The Five Ages begin at fols. i verso, viii verso, xxiii recto, cii recto, and cxxx recto.

Fol. Clxxxviij verso ruled, the next three leaves blank except for foliation.

This was presumably the first of a two-volume set. On the text see Deutsches Literatur-Lexikon: Das Mittelalter, iii: Reiseberichte und Geschichtsdichtung, ed. by W. Achnitz (Berlin, 2012), cols. 732–36; and Geschichtsquellen des deutschen Mittelalters

(fols. cxcii recto – cxciv recto)

Alphabetical index of names

From Adam, Abel, and Arphaxat, to Zabulon, Zozoastres and Zeno.

(fols. cxcv recto, cxcvi recto)

Lineages of the sons of Noah

The versos blank except for ruling, the following two leaves blank.

Language(s): German

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: paper, parchment reinforcing strips in the centre of some quires. Watermark: scales (in circle, the bowls triangular; cf. Piccard Online 116794 etc.), used especially between about 1445 and 1465.
Extent: 205 leaves
Dimensions (leaf): 403 × 290 mm.
Foliation: The main text with contemporary foliation in red ink i–Clxxxx in the middle of the upper margin of rectos; the preceding and following quires foliated in pencil 1–7 and cxci–xcviii


1(8-1) (1st leaf missing; fols. 1–7) | 2–16(12) 17(10) (fols. i–Clxxxx) | 18(8) (fols. cxci–cxcviii); catchwords throughout except at the ends of codicological units.


Frame-ruled in plummet for two columns of about 52 lines. Column dimensions 280-5 × 180 mm.


Hybrida (with several cursive forms) by one hand.


One 10-line initial parti-coloured in blue and red, with four reserved dragon designs drawn in ink, interstices and marginals extensions of purple-red penwork, at the beginning of the First Age (fol. i recto)

One 9-line puzzle initial in red and blue with purple-red penwork including a human head in profile, at the beginning of the Fourth Age (fol. Cij recto).

One 7-line initial in blue with purple-red penwork including a human head in profile, at the beginning of the Fifth Age (fol. Cxxx recto).

2- and 3-line initials throughout, alternately red or blue.

A space was left on fol. ix verso for a map, never added.


15th-century cuir ciselé. Sewn on four double bands laced into wood boards, covered with polished brown leather with cut designs against stippled backgrounds, the front cover with a central panel depicting a man and woman (a marriage proposal?) based on an engraving by Master E.S., approached by a jester(?) with pointed hat and shoes; below them one young man instructing or rebuking another, set against a background of scrolling foliage, and surrounded by panels of foliage and hybrid creatures; the back cover with, in the centre, a man-headed griffon-like creature above a lion, surrounded by foliate panels; each cover with four brass corner pieces, a centre-piece missing from the back cover; metal clasp fittings (the straps missing).

F. A. Schmidt-Künsemüller, Corpus der gotischen Lederschnitteinbände aus dem deutschen Sprachgebiet, Denkmäler der Buchkunst, 4 (Stuttgart, 1980), p. 39 no. 234; L. Ubl, ‘Bodleian Library, MS. Douce 367: Von Kupferstichen und Einbänden – Die Excerpta Chronicarum’, Oxford German Studies, 46 (2017), 241–47.


Origin: 15th century, second half, (soon?) after 1459 ; German, Nuremburg (?)

Provenance and Acquisition

1459 is the date of the text, not necessarily of this copy ( pace Watson).

Unidentified acquisition(?) note in ink, ‘S(?) 19. 8 ctbr(?) 94’ (i.e. 19 October [17]94?) (front pastedown, lower left corner)

Unidentified bookseller, with his pencilled price-code ‘nm/u’ above ‘D’ (back pastedown).

Francis Douce, 1757–1834, with his bookplate (front pastedown).

Bequeathed to the Bodleian in 1834.

Last Substantive Revision

2021-06-29: Description fully revised for Polonsky German digitization project.