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

MS. Hamilton 12

Summary Catalogue no.: 24442


Language(s): Latin

1. (fols. 1r-158v)
Ludolf of Saxony, Commentary on Psalms (Stegmüller, Bibl. 5428)
Incipit: Beatus uir qui non abiit […] Auctor huius psalmi ignoratur magis tamen communiter creditur fuisse esdras propheta
Explicit: Armonie nostre suauissimus melos […] presta ut dum illa spiritualia concinnimus perpetualibus choris inserti tecum sanctis omnibus collaudemus. Per christum dominum amen.

Commentary usually shorter than the text as printed, but the orationes usually given in full. Blank spaces on fols. 48v, 52r, 112v, 121r, 131v, 156v (no loss of text, continuation of text 'in alio folio' or 'in reversione folii' noted). Lower half of fol. 48 cut out.

2. (fols 159r-164v)
Stella clericorum
Incipit: Quasi stella matutina in medio nebule id est peccatoris proprietates huius stelle matutine possunt referri ad quemlibet doctorem fidei
Explicit: camerarii sunt et ministri

Ends in c. 22 (ed. E. H. Reiter, 1997).

Followed or continued (fols. 164v-166r) by a collection of authorities and verses mostly relating to priesthood:

Incipit: (fol. 164v) Approbacio sancti benedicti. Beatus benedictus pater ait Agnoscat

Includes WIC 8689 (cf. Walther, Proverbia, 11431)

Incipit: (fol. 165r) Nota aliquos versos

Includes WIC 3445

Incipit: Si missam dicis post amplexum meretricis

Cf. WIC 15555 (‘Qui missam...’)

Incipit: (fol. 165v) Multi sunt prespiteri qui nesciunt quare

WIC 11388

Incipit: (fol. 166r) Ego sum via veritas et vita. Via non errans

Text continues on fol. 158v.

Rubric: Proprietates ministri dei
Incipit: Mundus discretus humilis

Fol. 166v blank.

Fol. 167r-v blank except for a short note on baptism.

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: Paper, folded in quarto. (1) fols. 1–60 (except fols. 37, 48), fols. 97 and 108 (?), watermark Ochsenkopf (frei, mit Oberzeichen, mit zweikonturiger Stange, Blume, ohne weiteres Beizeichen, sieben Blütenblätter, mit Augen), c. 117 mm. high, width (ears) c. 36/7 mm., positioned between chainlines, c. 36/7 mm. between chainlines; cf. Piccard xiii.12–53, closest to 43; (2) fols. 61–84, watermark indistinct (Ochsenkopf, mit einikonturiger Stange, sechs (?) Blütenblätter), positioned between chainlines, c. 95 mm. high, c. 42/3 mm. between chainlines; (3) fols. 85–96, 98–107, 109–120 (?), 121–2 and 133–4: watermark Ochsenkopf (mit einikonturiger Stange, sieben Blütenblätter), c. 117 mm. high, positioned between chainlines, c. 42/3 mm. between chainlines, cf. Piccard xii.437;(4) fols. 123–131, watermark Ochsenkopf (mit einikonturiger Stange, sechs Blütenblätter), c. 100–2 mm. high, width (ears) c. 39 mm., positioned between chainlines, c. 41 mm. between chainlines, cf. Piccard xii.276–7, 285–6. Fols. 159–167, watermark indistinct.
Extent: i (modern paper) + 166 (not counting fol. 111b, a modern paper insert) + 1 (original paper) + 1 (parchment, former pastedown) + 1 (parchment, former pastedown) + i (modern paper)
Dimensions (leaf): 305 × 210 mm.


1–10(12), 11(14), 12–13(12) (fols. 1–158); 14(12–4?)(9–12 canc.?)(fols. 159–166). Quires 1–13 numbered in arabic on the lower left corner of the first leaf. Worm damage indicates that fol. 167 was formerly at the front of the volume; fol. 168 formerly the front pastedown, fol. 169 formerly the rear pastedown.


Frame-ruled, verticals only. 1 col., c. 38–55 lines. Written space 225–40 × 125–40 mm.


Cursive, two hands (1) fols. 1r-34r, 37r-63v, 65v-146r, 147v-154r, 155r-166r (2) fols. 34r-37r, 63v-65v, 146v-147v, 154v-155r.


Small coloured initials at the beginning of sections. Occasional larger coloured initials at the beginning of Psalms. Underlining in red. Headings in textualis.


Marginal notes of topics and authorities quoted.


19th century binding.


Origin: 15th century, middle ; Germany

Provenance and Acquisition

St Peter's, Erfurt: ‘Liber sancti Petri in Erfordia’, 15th cent., fol. 1r.

Friedrich Gottlieb Julius von Bülow, 1760-?1831, 60 ('Alani glossa super psalterium') in the catalogue of part 3 of his sale, 10 Oct. 1836 (cf. fol. 1r)

Sir William Hamilton, 1788–1856

Presented to the Bodleian Library by his sons and received in 1857.

MS. Hamilton 12 - endleaf (former front pastedown) (fol. 168)


Language(s): Latin

Martin of Dacia, De modo significandi (fragment)

Corresponds to 19.19–28.15 (Habito de 8 modis significandi ... proprie terminus) and 45.22–54.24 (et similiter ... scilicet actionem) of the printed edition: see H. Roos, 'Neue Handschriften-Funde zu den Modi significandi des Martinus de Dacia', Theologie und Philosophie 41 (1966) 243–6.

With occasional glossing.

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment
Extent: bifolium, missing much of one corner
Dimensions (leaf): 200 × 140 mm.


1 col., 42 lines, written space 145 × 90 mm.




Coloured initials, paraphs.


Origin: 13th century, late or 14th century, early ; Germany (?)

MS. Hamilton 12 - endleaf (former rear pastedown) (fol. 169)


Language(s): Latin


Fragment: assumption of the Virgin (Anima mea liquefacta, Sancta dei genetrix etc.) and Decollation of John the Baptist (Herodes funestus, Misit Herodes rex manu etc.)

Two other fragments of this manuscript are the pastedowns in MS. Hamilton 17.

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment
Extent: part of a bifolium, preserving the width of the written area on one folio
Dimensions (fragment): 210 × 175 mm.


1 col., width 120 mm.



Musical Notation:

Adiastematic neums


Coloured initials


Origin: 14th century, second half or 15th century ; Germany

Additional Information

Record Sources

Description by Matthew Holford, Oct. 2019; previously described in the Summary Catalogue.

Digital Images

Digital Bodleian (full digital facsimile)


Last Substantive Revision

2020-06-12: Revised date of antiphonal endleaves