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MS. Hamilton 13

Summary Catalogue no.: 24443

Thomas Aquinas, Summa theologiae, Secunda Secundae; Germany (?Erfurt), 1445


Language(s): Latin

(fols. 1ra-360v)
Thomas Aquinas, Summa theologiae, Secunda Secundae
Rubric: Utrum obiectum fidei sit veritas prima
Incipit: Post communem consideracionem de virtutibus et viciis
Explicit: et sempiternam requiem animarum. Ad quam nos perducat ipse qui promisit Iesus Christus dominus noster qui est super omnia deus benedictus in secula Amen
Colophon: (fol. 360v) Finita est hec pars 2a2e. beati thome. :1445: in vigilia Benedicte Trinitas. Hoc anno Ego .N. huius uoluminis scriptor. fui receptus et indutus habitu carthusiensi in domo Carthusie prope Erffodiam in die sancti Jeronimi
(fols. 360vb-366vb)

Table of questions

Rubric: Questio prima de fide quo ad eius obiectum
Incipit: Utrum obiectum fidei sit veritas prima

Incorporating (on the opening fol. 361v-362r) a diagrammatic representation ('arbor') of Superstitio, Religio, and Irreligio

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: paper
Extent: 1 + 368 + 1 fols. (i, 1–369)
Dimensions (leaf): 312 × 215 mm.


2 cols., c. 50 lines, column space 240–5 × 65–70 mm.




Coloured initials, sometimes with penwork decoration.


Blind-stamped pigskin over boards, with contemporary contents label; bosses and clasps last. Stamps associated with the 'Conradus' workshop at Erfurt (Einbanddatenbank w002418): bird/eagle (s016515), rosette (s016519), flower (s016518), circular ornament (s016517).


Origin: 1445 ; German, Erfurt (?)

Provenance and Acquisition

Pressmark ‘T’ or ‘II’ followed by ‘6’ or ‘G’ (?) on the binding.

Perhaps identifiable as L90 in the catalogue of the Erfurt Carthusians (ed. P. Lehmann, p. 465: 'Item secunda pars 2. partis in papiro').

Erfurt, Charterhouse: ‘Cartusiae Erfordensis’, fol. 1r, 17th century

Friedrich Gottlieb Julius von Bülow, 1760-?1831, 56a in the catalogue of part 3 of his sale, 10 Oct. 1836 (cf. fol. i verso)

Sir William Hamilton, 1788–1856

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

MS. Hamilton 13, endleaves (fols. i, 369)


Language(s): Latin

Dante, Monarchia, fragments (3.1.3–3.3.11), with the commentary attributed to Cola di Rienzo.

Dante, Monarchia
Incipit: ||mendacem de palestra (3.1.3, fol. 369v)
Explicit: non dubitat et (3.3.11, fol. i recto)||

Reading order 369v, 369r, i verso, i recto.

Cola di Rienzo, Commentum in Dantis Monarchiam
Incipit: ||Capitulum primum libri tertii (fol. 369v, on 3.2)

Monarchia, with the commentary, ed. P. Chiesa et al. (2013); Monarchia, ed. Prue Shaw (2019); commentary, ed. P. D'Alessandro (2015); (not using these fragments).

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment
Extent: two consecutive folios
Dimensions (leaf): at least 315 × at least 220 mm.


2 cols., 25 lines; ruled space 200 × 145 mm.


Main text in central European textualis, with corrections in one or more Italian hands.

Commentary added in a formal Italian cursive hand.


Painted foliate initials in rose, green and orange with gold.


Origin: 14th century, second half ; Bohemia (?)

Additional Information

Record Sources

Description adapted by Matthew Holford (Sept. 2020), with additional description of cotnent, binding, provenance, and endleaves, from Andrew G. Watson, Catalogue of Dated and Datable Manuscripts c. 435–1600 in Oxford Libraries (1984), no. 496 . Previously described in the Summary Catalogue.

Digital Images

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Last Substantive Revision

2020-09-11: Description revised for Polonksy German.