A catalogue of Western manuscripts at the Bodleian Libraries and selected Oxford colleges

MS. Add. A. 280

Summary Catalogue no.: 29397

Speculum amatorum mundi; Germany (Erfurt), 1459


(fols. 1r–7v)
Dionysius Carthusianus (?), Speculum amatorum mundi
Rubric: Speculum amatorum mundi
Incipit: Videte quomodo caute ambuletis […] voluntas dei [Ephesians 5:15–17] Appostolus Paulus conscius consiliorum dei sciens quod infinite sunt delicie celestis patrie
Explicit: cum sanctis et electis eorum meritis et precibus possideat. Quod nobis prestare dignetur qui cum patre … secula seculorum. Amen
Colophon: Explicit est finis Anno domini a nativitate M cccc lviiij sabato post Pasce Erff(ordie)
On authorship see Kent Emery jr., 'Lovers of the world and lovers of God and neighbor: spiritual commonplaces and the problem of authorship in the fifteenth century', in Amo te, sacer ordo Carthusiensis, ed. F. Timmermans et al. (2012), 237-280
Language(s): Latin

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: Paper. Watermark dreiburg with six(?)-petalled flower on a rod of two lines.
Extent: ii (19th/20th century paper) + 7 + xxiv (18th(?)-century paper with 'Pro patria' watermark) + ii (19th/20th century paper) leaves. Fols. i-ii, 8-end are blank paper.
Dimensions (leaf): 215 × 155 mm.
Foliation: 19th-century pagination in pencil on rectos: 1–13; incomplete Bodleian foliation in pencil: i–ii, 1–10, 15, 20, 24, 25, 30, 33


Apparently 8-1 (last blank cancelled?)


Frame-ruled in plumment; written with 36–8 long lines per page. Ruled space c. 145 × 95 mm.


Cursive, with many loopless forms, by one hand.


One 7-line initial in plain red.


Late 19th or early 20th century Bodleian binding of blue cloth over pasteboards; the spine with the shelfmark and ‘Speculum amatorum mundi – 1459.’ in gilt capitals.


Origin: 1459 ; German, Erfurt

Provenance and Acquisition

Perhaps from the Carthusian monastery of St Salvator, but not apparently identifiable in their medieval library catalogue.

Not identifiable in the sale catalogue of Friedrich Gottlieb Julius von Bülow (1760–1831) (Bibliotheca Büloviana … Dritter Theil (Handschriften) …, 10 October 1836 and following days), unless bound with another text as lot 548, 'Speculum amatorum mundi. - Tract. de obedientia, humilitate etc.'.

Caspar Haugg (fl. 1875–1893), bookseller of Augsburg, Catalogue 69, no. 477; bought for 4 marks by the Bodleian Library; inscribed in pencil ‘Haugg Augsburg 1884’ (fol. 1r).

Record Sources

Description (May 2021) by Peter Kidd, edited by Matthew Holford. Previously described in the Summary Catalogue (1905)

Digital Images

Digital Bodleian (full digital facsimile)


Last Substantive Revision

2021-05-17: Revised description by Peter Kidd for Polonsky German digitization project.