MS. Hamilton 14
Summary Catalogue no.: 24444
Sermones de sanctis, etc.; Michael de Massa, Super Passionem; Jacobus de Voragine, Legenda Aurea. Germany: A 1405, B 15th century, first quarter, C 14th century, second half
Offsets on the lower board from a fourteenth-century (?) liturgical manuscript with musical notation; fragments of the same manuscript in the binding.
Early (?) fifteenth-century binding of plain pigskin over boards; remains of title written on the upper cover; clasp lost; bosses on the upper and lower boards lost.
See above (musical notation); fragments of other manuscripts used for repair and quire-strengtheners.
Provenance and Acquisition
Neuzelle, Cistercian abbey (?): suggested by the placenames in part A, by the fact that Neuzelle was a source of other manuscripts in the Hamilton collection, and (as noted by Watson) by the existence of another manuscript from Neuzelle (Swann Galleries, New York, sale 1133 (8 March 1979) no. 198; present location unknown) written also in 1405 by 'Johannes Faber de Pyzna'.
Not identifiable in the 1836 sale catalogue of Friedrich Gottlieb Julius von Bülow.
Sir William Hamilton, 1788–1856
Presented to the Bodleian Library by his sons and received in 1857.
MS. Hamilton 14 – Part A (fols. 1–153)
The same collection apparently found (in shorter form?) in Gotha, Chart. A 24c, and BSB, Clm 12293, (E. Wunderle, Katalog der mittelalterlichen lateinischen Papierhandschriften ... Gotha'schen Stiftung (2002), p. 83).
Three sermons for each feast, except as noted: SS Andrew, Barbara, Nicholas, Conception BVM, Lucy, Thomas, Stephen, John the Evangelist, Innocents, Fabian and Sebastian, Agnes, Vincent, Conversion of Paul, Purification BVM, Blaise, Agatha, Dorothy, Peter in cathedra, Matthias, Gregory, Annunciation, George, Mark, Philip and James, Invention of the Cross, John ante portam latinam, 'x milium militum', John the Baptist, 'de sancto petro tantum' (one sermon), Paul (one sermon), Peter and Paul (two sermons), 'de commemoratione sancti pauli' (one sermon), Margaret, 'de divisione apostolorum', Alexius, Mary Magdalen, James, Anne, Peter in chains, Laurence, Assumption BVM, Bartholomew, Augustine, Decollation of John the Baptist, Felix and Aduactus, Nativity BVM, Exaltation of the Cross, Matthew, Maurice (one sermon), Wenceslas (one sermon), Michael (four sermons, the fourth 'uel de animabus'), Jerome, Luke (two sermons, followed by 'vita S. Luce' (cf. BHL 4973, PL 95.1530–5, but abbreviated and ending differently), 11000 Virgins ('sequitur passio pro iijo sermone'), ... (text lost between fols. 130 and 131), All Saints (three sermons, followed by 'sermo iiijus de omnibus sanctis et de animabus', followed by three sermons 'de animabus'), Martin, Livinus (one sermon), Elizabeth, Cecily (end of the final sermon missing between fols. 148 and 149), Katherine.
The incipits of the first three and final three sermons as follows:
Cf. Schneyer, Wegweiser, p. 513 (Clm 12293, fol. 121)
The final sermon followed by eight lines of verse:
Followed by two notes: (1) that the third sermon for St Matthew may be used for the feast of the dedication; (2) why continence is easily endangered, quoting Bernard of Clairvaux ep. 182 (PL 182.261). Rest of fol. 151rb blank.
Note of indulgences granted by fourteen bishops, including 'our bishop' Witko (Witigo of Kolditz, bp. of Meissen 1312–1342, or perhaps Witigo de Wur, bp. of Meissen 1266–1293), and note of local miracles performed by St Quirinus, mentioning 'Stargrat', 'Stregow' (Strzegow), and 'Mulkenicz' (Mulknitz), one miracle dated 1391.
Fol. 153v blank.
2 cols., c. 42–7 lines. Ruled space c. 230 × 160 mm. , 15 mm. between columns.
Fols. 15a-151rb: cursive by Johannes Faber (colophon, fol. 151ra). Fols. 151va-153rb: additions in cursive by another hand.
5-line puzzle initial in red and blank, fol. 1r; elaborate red-and-black initial, fol. 25v, 88v.
2-line red initials sometimes with simple penwork decoration in the same colour.
MS. Hamilton 14 – Part B (fols. 154–179)
Fol. 154r blank, except for cancelled opening passage of the text. Fol. 179vb blank.
2 cols., c. 44–45 lines. Frame-ruled in ink, ruled space c. 225 × 140 mm. , c. 15 mm. between columns.
Cursive, one hand.
Six-line coloured initial with simple silhouette decoration.
MS. Hamilton 14 – Part C (fols. 180–234)
Graesse, cc. 1 (treated as one unit with the prologue), 2 (sections 1–9), St Barbara (see below), 3 (ending 'omnibus generatur', Graesse p. 29); Conception of the Virgin (see below), 4–8, , 9 (sections 1–12), 10–11, 12 (without the prologue), 13 (ending 'rediit ad locum suum', Graesse p. 86), 14–17, 19, 21, 22–26, 28, 31 (with the preceding paragraph 'De festivitatibus'), 32–36, 37 (section 1 only), 38–39, 210 (207, Dorothy, varied), 42–44, 45 (ending 'populo demonstratur', Graesse p. 187), 46 (sections 1–17), 47, Gertrude (see below), 49–51, 53–58, Passio S. Georgii (see below), 59 (ending shortly after the beginning of sect. 2), 61, 63 (ends imperfect, fol. 233vb 'die fuisset sepultum. Plura et ||', cf. Graesse p. 283 near bottom). Fol. 234r-v contains part of c. 67, St James the Less, 'sicut in calcaneis ... monicionibus conuerterentur', Grasse pp. 296–9.
Often shorter than the text printed in Graesse. Many chapters are followed by a paragraph of 'merita' summarizing or giving additional reasons for a saint's veneration, e.g. (fol. 184rb) 'sancta barbara habet sibi omnes seruientes a subita morte custodire...', (fol. 186va) 'Sancta lucia habet contra fluxum sanguinis opem ferre...'.
The following texts are not printed by Graesse:
Begins as BHL 929 (abbrev.), followed by a miracle of a beheaded merchant (resembling BHL 940 only very broadly).
PL 114.859, a passage from Walafrid Strabo, Homilia in initium evangelii sancti Matthaei
Followed by a note that whoever fasts on the vigil and feast of the conception is delivered from all evil, etc.
Apparently as in Fribourg L 743 fols. 123v-124, BHL inedits.
Passion of St George
Perhaps as Frankfurt am Main SUB Praed. 43, fols. 64v-65, BHL inedits.
Glosses or notes in German, fol. 195v.
2 cols., c. 37–46 lines. Frame-ruled in ink, 235–240 × 175 mm.
Cursiva antiquior, one hand
Three- to five-line puzzle initials in red and black, fols. 180r-192r; elsewhere one- to three-line red initials.
‘Liber Ny(cola)i presbiteri in
Wylog Wolframsdorf ’ (fol. 180r)
Digital Bodleian (full digital facsimile)
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Last Substantive Revision
2020-10-29: Draft description for Polonsky German project.