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MS. Germ. e. 5

Summary Catalogue no.: Not in SC (late accession)

Collection, probably for the use of Augustinian canonesses; South Germany, late 14th century


Rule of St. Augustine,

in German, with sentences of the Latin original interspersed as paragraph heads

Incipit: Hec sunt … Ir zemen getannen. Im Münster
Explicit: so hǎst gelüzel tann
Colophon: Translata et scripta anno domini MoCCCXCo quinto
Language(s): German and Latin
Ordinale for Palm Sunday, Good Friday and Easter Eve (addition on a previously blank leaf)
Language(s): German and Latin
Hugh of St. Victor , Expositio in Regulam S. Augustini (German translation)
Incipit: Disü gebot dü uns hie vor (corr. nach) geschriben sint
Explicit: in der geselleschaft der hailigēn engel
Language(s): German
Incipit: du solt Got minnen darumbe das er das ewige güt ist
Language(s): German
Incipit: Ezechiel sprichet Ich sach ainen boum
Language(s): German
rule for Augustinian canonesses
Language(s): German
Incipit: An disem büchlin vindet man geschriben wie sich die swestran halten
Explicit: alle die niezend werden den wir dez son wünschen und bitten. Amen.

Followed by an apostrophe to the reader.

Incipit: Deus origo pietatis pater
(addition on a previously blank leaf)
Language(s): Latin
Incipit: O hochster (corr. from broster) priester und wårer bischoff du dich da opfretest
(addition on a previously blank leaf)
Language(s): German
Prayer at communion
Rubric: Dise betrahtung sol der mensch hån so er unsern herren enphåhlen wil
Incipit: Miner sund ist als gar vil das ich dir nie gebessren mag
(addition on a previously blank leaf)
Language(s): German
Form for confession
Incipit: Ich sündiger mensch ich ergib mich schuldig.
(addition on a previously blank leaf)
Language(s): German

Fol.64v–65v and 100r are blank.

Physical Description

Secundo Folio: woltin villiht
Form: codex
Support: Paper; watermarks: steer's head, cf. Briquet 14916, steer's head, cf. Briquet 14621, steer's head (fol.70), not in Briquet
Extent: i (modern paper) + 106 leaves.
Dimensions (leaf): 210 × 155 mm.
Dimensions (written): 155 × 105 mm.
Foliation: Foliated in modern pencil: i, 1-52a, 52b-105.


1(8), 2(12)–5(12), 6(10), 7(12), 8(12), 9(10), 10(8) (4, 7 canc.) Quires 3–6 numbered ii–v on the last leaf


30 long lines


Gothic; rubrics in red


Plain red initials

Additions: On the front inside cover is an offset of prayers in German.


Contemporary binding: sewn on three double/split cords and bound in white pigskin over wood boards, with strap-and-pin fastening (top to bottom; pin missing); thread place-markers attached to the tab at the head of the spine; see also under Provenance


Origin: 14th century, late, mainly 1395 ; German, South

Provenance and Acquisition

'Die regel | mit der auss|legung | .56.' inscribed on the spine in a 15th-cent. hand; a perhaps similar inscription, now mostly illegible, is on a paper label on the lower board.

Bought, 1922

Record Sources

Typescript description by Bodleian Library staff; revised by Peter Kidd, late 1990s.

Digital Images

Digital Bodleian (1 image from 35mm slides)