MS. Hamilton 18
Summary Catalogue no.: 24448
Theological and pastoral miscellany; A-E Germany (in part Erfurt), 15th century, middle (in part 1444)
Contemporary binding of whittawed skin on boards, sewn on four double/split bands, ruled, and stamped with an eagle bearing the words 'Scs [?] Iohannes'; cf. Einbanddatenbank s009698, s010366 (workshop of Johannes Helmstatt, Erfurt, w000841). 4+1 bosses lost on each cover; clasps (fastening on the front board) lost. Tab bookmarks. Contents label on the front cover.
A narrow reinforcement strip before fol. 426 is almost certainly from a 14th-century manuscript of Dante's Monarchia, with the commentary attributed to Cola da Rienzo; cf. faint offsets on fol. 427v and the back pastedown. More substantial fragments of the same manuscript are in MS. Hamilton 13, q.v.
Provenance and Acquisition
Erfurt, Carthusians: 15th-century ex libris, front and back pastedowns; identifiable as E 19 in the late-medieval catalogue (Mittelalterliche Bibliothekskataloge Deutschlands und der Schweiz, II: Erfurt, ed. P. Lehmann (1928), p. 333); early-modern ex libris, fol. 1.
Friedrich Gottlieb Julius von Bülow, 1760-?1831: identifiable as 103 in the catalogue of his sale, 1836.
Sir William Hamilton, 1788–1856
Presented to the Bodleian Library by his sons and received in 1857.
MS. Hamilton 18 – Part A (fols. 1–191)
A fifteenth-century table of contents is pasted on to the upper pastedown. Underneath is pasted a separate piece with an extract from Ps.-Augustine, De dignitate sacerdotum, here attributed to 'Bernhardus' beg. 'O veneranda sacerdotum dignitas, in quorum manibus' (cf. GW 02947).
Much of fol. 38r, and fol. 38v blank; fol. 173vb blank; fol. 191v blank.
2 cols., c. 46–53 lines. Frame-ruled in ink, ruled space 225–30 × 150–60 mm. ; written above top line.
Cursive, apparently two hands, (a) fols. 1ra-5va, (b) fols. 5va-191rb
Space for a 10-line initial at the beginning, not filled in.
Elsewhere 2-line plain initials in red.
MS. Hamilton 18 – Part B (fols. 192–227)
Rest of fol. 227ra-b and fol. 227v blank.
2 cols., c. 49–53 lines. Frame-ruled in ink, ruled space c. 230 × 145 mm.
Cursive, two hands (?), fols. 192r-203v, fols. 204r-227r.
2- to 4-line plain red initials, that on fol. 192r with simple arabesque decoration.
MS. Hamilton 18 – Part C (fols. 228–298)
Later marginal headings 'de commendacione studii litterarum' (fol. 229r), 'item de modo studendi' (fol. 229v), 'qualis esse debeat vita clerici suie sacerdotis' (fol. 231v), 'de consuetudine mala' (fol. 234v), 'an et quomodo prelati possint argui ab inferioribus' (fol. 235r). This seems to be identifiable as the Collatio in introitu of Heinrich Toke ('Collatio magistri et doctoris Hinrici Token, quam fecit in introitu ad lecturam suam in ecclesie Magdeburgensi', Wolfenbüttel, HAB, Cod. Guelf. 83. 5 Aug. 2o, fols. 238–248; Hildegund Hölzel, Heinrich Toke und der Wolfenbütteler 'Rapularius' (Hannover, 1998), 21, 42–4).
Followed (fol. 237va-b) by a note that saints did not long for ecclesiastical preferment: 'Non legimus in sanctorum exemplis quod ipsi […] ad sacros ordines uel ecclesiasticas dignitates anhelabant ...'
Bloomfield 4274; Traditio 32 (1976), 413 (no. 157)
Followed by short texts:
Extract from Hugo Ripelinus, Compendium theologicae ueritatis, II.65
Cf. Thüringer Universitäts- und Landesbibliothek, MS. Klosterbibl. 5, fol. 82.
A table of the 43 chapters precedes, fol. 282rb. Fol. 298b blank.
2 cols., c. 50 lines. Frame-ruled in ink, ruled space 245 × 145 mm.
Cursive, two hands, fols. 228r-282r, fols. 282r-298r
Plain red initials.
MS. Hamilton 18 – Part D (fols. 299–341)
Preceded by a table of contents. Fol. 342v blank.
2 cols., c. 40–42 lines. Frame-ruled in blind, verticals only, ruled space 220 × 150 mm.
Hybrida by one hand, Fridericus de Lichtenfelss (fl. 1438–57) (colophon, fol. 342r); a professional scribe, for whom see Colophons nos. 4482–6, and H. Hauke, D. Kudorfer, E. Remak-Honnef, Die Handschriften aus St. Emmeram in Regensburg ; Bd. 1. Clm 14000–14130, Katalog der lateinischen Handschriften der Bayerischen Staatsbibliothek München, Bd.: 2,2,1,[a], (1995), p. 93 (on Clm 14041).
2-line plain red initials, unfilled from fol. 310r onwards.
MS. Hamilton 18 – Part E (fols. 342–435)
Schneyer I.478–487, nos. 104 (T10), 173 (S59), 174 (S59), 176 (S59), 175 (S59), 93 (S9), 94 (S9). Fol. 357vb part blank.
Schneyer I.550–553, nos. 647–9 (S79). Part of fol. 367va blank; 367vb blank.
Zumkeller 318, Stegmüller, Bibl. 3170
For the Expositio passionis or Concordancia ewangelistarum attributed variously to Matthew of Cracow, Matthias Hildebrandi of Legnicz, Nicholas Magnus of Jawor, and Mikołaj Ligatoris zw. Goleszko, see Clavis scriptorum et operum Medii Aevi Poloniae (2019), nos. 427/13 (p. 502), p. 551, 460/40 (p. 563), 492/3 (p. 621); Stegmüller, Bibl. 6002,1 and 9451; and cf. Stegmüller, Bibl. 8763. The present text begins as Stegmüller, Bibl. 5527,1 (attributed by Stegmüller, Bibl. to Matthew of Cracow, but apparently a Lectura on his text: see B. Michael, Die mittelalterlichen Handschriften der Wissenschaftlichen Stadtbibliothek Soest (1990), 92–3 on Soest Cod. 10; see also Ansbach SB MS. lat. 107 fols. 121ra-166va). For the ending cf. Stegmüller, Bibl. 8763.
Breaks off unfinished.
Fols. 342r-357v, 2 cols., c. 38–41 lines, frame-ruled in ink, ruled space 215–30 × 150–5 mm.
Fols. 358r-367v, 2 cols. c. 44–7 lines, frame-ruled in ink, ruled space 225 × 135 mm.
Fols. 368r-377v, 1 col., c. 35–8 lines, frame-ruled in ink, ruled space 195–205 × 120 mm. .
Fols. 378r-435v, 2 cols. c. 40–42 lines, frame-ruled in ink, ruled space 225 × 140 mm.
Fols. 342r-357v: cursive, 2 hands, changing at fol. 353vb
Fols. 358r-367v: cursive, 1 hand
Fols. 368r-377v: cursive, 1 hand
Fols. 378r-435v: cursive, 2 hands, changing at fol. 416v.
Fols. 342r-357v: space for a 6-line initial at the beginning (crudely filled later in black), for 2-line initials elsewhere.
Fols. 358r-367v: spaces left for a 5-line initial at the beginning, for 3-line initials elsewhere.
Fols. 368r-377v: spaces left for a 5-line initial at the beginning, for 3-line initials elsewhere.
Fols. 378r-435v: none
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Last Substantive Revision
2021-03: Additional physical description; revised account of structure; identification of art. 3.