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

MS. Hamilton 2

Summary Catalogue no.: 24432


Language(s): Latin

2. (fol. 57v)
Sermons and short theological pieces.

Authors include Matthew of Cracow (fols. 72v, 74v, 81v, 83, 84, 89, 92v), 'magister Petrus' (fol. 86v), and 'magister Provyn (?)' (fol. 95v)

2.2. (fol. 104)
Rubric: Postille de sanctis magistri Gorre

i.e. Nicholas de Gorran (?); also de communi sanctorum, fol. 135.

3. (fol. 162v)
Stella Clericorum.
Incipit: Quasi stella matutina

Followed by a sermon, most of which has been torn out.

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: paper
Extent: 171 fols.
Dimensions (leaf): 306 × 220 mm.


2 cols., 240-5 × 70-5 mm. , 46-51 lines


Written by Johannes Ostralus of Kottbus: 'Expliciunt Dicta ... A me Johanne Ostralo. presbitero de Cottebus. conscripta. Anno meo xxixo. in ciuitate kottebus In vigilia sancte virginis Margarete hora quasi ixa. Anno domini mo.cccc xixo.' (fol. 57v, covering fols. 1-57v) The rest of the manuscript is in the same hand and was probably written at the same time.


Coloured initials, rubrics.


Whittawed leather over boards, 15th century.


Origin: 1419 ; German, Kottbus

Provenance and Acquisition

'⟨Liber presbiteri Johannis ostrali presbiteri(?) d⟩e cotbus' (inside back cover)

Cisterican abbey of Neuzelle, near Guben, 15th century: 'Dominus michael frengkel assignavit pro testamento librum presentem ad nouam cellam prope gubin' (fol. 1).

Sir William Hamilton, 1788-1856

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

Record Sources

Description adapted (2018) from Watson (1984) (see bibliography) and the Summary Catalogue (1905).


    A. G. Watson, Catalogue of Dated and Datable Manuscripts c.435-1600 in Oxford Libraries (Oxford, 1984), no. 491