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

MS. Hamilton 20

Summary Catalogue no.: 24450

Contents

(fols. 1ra-350vb; 351r-v blank)
Nicholas de Gorham, Postillae super psalterium
Language(s): Latin

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: Paper. Watermarks: (a) front pastedown, circle-star-circle-star, c. 91 × 20 mm. , cf. WZIS DE8730-PO-22875, etc.; (1) fols. 1-24, crown, not identifiable in Piccard; (2), fols. 25-72, 84, ochsenkopf, not identifiable in Piccard; (3) fols. 74-83, 96, 149-351 (except 315) moor's head (frei, mit Kopfbedeckung - Stirnband - ohne Beizeichen - mit Augen - Linie Hinterkopf sichtbar - Stirnbandende zweiteilig), c. 50 × 48 mm. , 42 mm. between chainlines, cf. WZIS DE9045-PO-20522 etc.; (4) fols. 86-95, 97-148, 315, unidentified; (5) fols. 140, 142 unidentified.
Extent: i (modern) + 352 + i (modern) folios
Dimensions (leaf): 300 × 190 mm.
Foliation: i, 1-263a, 263b-352.

Collation

1-11(12) (fols. 1-132), 12(16) (fols. 133-148), 13(14) (fols. 149-162), 14-19(12) (fols. 163-234), 20(14) (fols. 235-248), 21-22(12) (fols. 249-263a, 263b-271), 23(10) (fols. 272-81), 24(12) (fols. 282-93), 25(10) (fols. 294-303), 26-29(12) (fols. 304-351). Quires numbered in arabic on the recto of the first leaf.

Layout

Frame-ruled; 2 cols., c. 46-56 lines. Written space 215-20 × 145-55 mm.

Hand(s)

Cursiva.

Lemmata in textualis.

Decoration

Silhouette initials in red or puzzle initials in black and red at the beginning of each psalm.

Spaces for some initials not filled in, and the rubrication unfinished; spaces left for lemmata unfilled in places.

Binding

Blind-ruled and stamped. Stamps (1) lion in shield (Einbanddatenbank s030418); (2) leafwork (s030419), (3) four-leafed motif. (1) and (2) associated with the 'Löwe in Schild IIa' workshop (Einbanddatenbank 502651s; Schwenke-Schunke II.217).

Rebacked.

History

Origin: 14th century, late ; Germany (or Central Europe (?))

Provenance and Acquisition

Dating based on watermarks.

Neuzelle, Cistercian abbey: ‘Liber noue celle sancte Marie ordinis Cyst'’ (fol. 1r, 15th century)

Sir William Hamilton, 1788-1856

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

Record Sources

Description by Matthew Holford (March 2020). Previously described in the Summary Catalogue.

Digital Images

Digital Bodleian (full digital facsimile)

Bibliography

Last Substantive Revision

2020-03: Description revised for Polonsky German.