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MS. Hamilton 16

Summary Catalogue no.: 24446

Nicholas of Lyre on the Gospels; Germany, 15th century, first quarter


(fols. 1ra-357rb)
Nicholas of Lyre, Postillae on the Gospels
Incipit: Quatuor facies vni Ezechiel primo. Secundum quod scribit gregorius super ezechiel prima parte omelia iij
Explicit: (fol. 115ra)non deficiat fides petri ad laudem […]

Rest of fol. 115ra blank; fol. 115rb blank.

Incipit: (fol. 115va) Facias leonis a dextris eorum
Final rubric: (fol. 144vb) Explicit postille nycolay de lyra super marcum

Rest of fol. 144vb blank.

Incipit: (fol. 145ra) Facias bouis a sinistris […]
Final rubric: (fol. 215ra) Explicit postilla nycolay de lyra super ewangelium luce

Fol. 215rb-vb torn off. Fol. 215va blank.

Incipit: (fol. 216ra) Ezechiel propheta cui aperti […]
Explicit: (fol. 357rb) ad contemplandum facie ad faciem. Prestante Domino nostro iesu christo qui cum patre et spiritu sancto […]
Final rubric: Explicit postilla super Jhohannem scilicet nycolay de lyra de ordine fratrum minorum sacre theoloye doctoris

Fol. 357v blank.

Stegmüller 5896–5988, 5900

Language(s): Latin

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: Paper. Watermarks: (a) more than one variant of bull's head with six-pointed star (type Piccard vi.101–279; fol. 352 resembles WZIS DE1185-S326_257) and with six-petalled flower (type Piccard xii.231–363); (b) bell (e.g. fol. 152) ; (c) (e.g. fol. 43) lily with eight-pointed star (type Piccard i.343–351).
Extent: 1 + 357 + 1 (i, 1–358; fols. i, 358 are original parchment endleaves)
Dimensions (leaf): 310 × c. 210 mm.


2 cols., c. 29–35 lines; frame-ruled. Ruled space 205–15 × 145–55 mm.

Running heads



Lemmata in textualis.


7–8 line 'silhouette' initials in black and red, including foliate, human and animal motifs, fols. 1ra, 115va, 145ra, 216ra; two-line initials in black and red with modest arabesque decoration.


Contemporary binding of tawed skin, ruled, over boards; clasps and bosses lost. Paper label on the upper board with pressmark N xii. Tabs (one lost) at the beginning of each gospel.


Origin: 15th century, first quarter (watermarks) ; Germany

Provenance and Acquisition

Erfurt, Benedictine monastery of St Peter: ‘liber sancti petri in erfordia’, 15th century, and pressmark C (or E?) j, fol. i recto; pressmark C (or E?) j, fol. 1r; pressmark N xii on the binding. Fol. 113 in the catalogue of 1783.

Friedrich Gottlieb Julius von Bülow: no. 25b in the 1836 sale catalogue of his library; cf. inscription, fol. 1r.

Sir William Hamilton, 1788–1856

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

Record Sources

Description by Matthew Holford, September 2020. Previously described in the Summary Catalogue.

Digital Images

Digital Bodleian (full digital facsimile)


Last Substantive Revision

2020-09-25: Dating revised based on further examination of watermarks.