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

MS. Hamilton 27

Summary Catalogue no.: 24457

Franciscus de Abbatibus, etc.; Germany, 15th century


Language(s): Latin

Francisus ⟨de Abbatibus⟩, Postilla super euangelia dominicalia (with additional sermons)
Rubric: Incipiunt postilla\Incipiunt sermones/ francisci de assis' \de ordine fratrum minorum/ super euangelia dominicalia per annum
Incipit: Erunt signa […] Quamuis iesus christus in morte cuiuslibet
Schneyer II.55–9 (this ms. listed)
(fols. 1r-87v)

Francis de Abbatibus nos. 1–13.

Fol. 13r-v blank.

(fols. 87v-98v)
Incipit: Dvctus est iesus in desertum […] Sciendum quod secundum sentenciam sanctorum primus homo et per consequens totum genus humanum propter peccatum incurrit duplex dampnum, scilicet mortem et debilitatem
Explicit: dyadema speciei de manu Domini. Quod regnum et dyadema nobis concedat qui sine fine viuit et regnat […]
⟨James of Lausanne⟩ 781 (Schneyer III.120)
(fols. 98v-108v)
⟨James of Lausanne⟩ 787 (Schneyer III.120)
(fols. 108v-121v)
⟨James of Lausanne⟩ 794 (Schneyer III.121)
(fols. 121v-133v)
⟨James of Lausanne⟩ 801 (Schneyer III.121)
(fols. 133v-142r)
⟨James of Lausanne⟩ 807 (Schneyer III.122), ending here longer
(fols. 142r-152r)
Incipit: Cum appropinquaret iesus […] Diuersitas opinionum fuit antiquitus cui debebatur honor et reuerencia exhiberi
Explicit: in gloria paradisi eternaliter permanere. Ad quam nos perducat qui vnus et trinus viuit et regnat in secula seculorum. Amen.
Final rubric: Et sic est fine sermo partis estiualis\hyemalis/. Deo gracias.
⟨Philip de Monte Calerio⟩

Cf. MS. Laud Misc. 281 fol. 119r.

Rest of fol. 152r blank; fol. 152v blank.

(fols. 153r-159v)
Incipit: Maria magdalene […] Nos videmus per experientiam quod vnusquisque delectatur in presencia illius quem diliget
⟨Philip de Monte Calerio⟩

Cf. MS. Laud Misc. 281 fol. 184r.

(fols. 159v-299v)

Franciscus de Abbatibus nos. 14–22, 23 (as two sermons, with 'feria secunda post penth.' at fol. 191v), 24 ('feria tercia post penth.'), 25–48

Fol. 193r-v blank. Several leaves, presumably blank, cancelled after fol. 299. Fol. 218 is an inserted leaf with annotation by hand (b) on the recto, verso blank.

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: Paper, folded in folio. Watermarks: bull's head with seven-petalled flower and two leaves, cf. Piccard xii.626 (1422–5); sword, cf. Piccard vii.422–7 (1419–24), 488–92 (1424–8); bull’s head with cross, cf. Piccard xi.106–9 (1416–26); bull’s head with six-pointed star, cf. Piccard vi.271–8 (1419–36).
Extent: 298 folios, not including fol. 218, an inserted slip.
Dimensions (leaf): 300 × 210 mm.
Foliation: 15th-century foliation in arabic, 1–306, skipping numbers 88 and 200 and with 154–8 on cancelled leaves; fol. 218 lacks early foliation.


1(12+1: leaf added at the end of the quire?); 2(12)-12(12) (fols. 13–145); 13(12–5: 7–12 canc.) (fols. 146–152); 14(12)-15(12) (fols. 153–176); 16(16) (fols. 177–192); 17(12)-22(12) (fols. 193–265, with 218 an inserted slip); 23(12–6: 6–12 canc.) (fols. 266–271); 24(12)-25(12) (fols. 272–295); 26(12–8: 5–12 canc.) (fols. 296–299); another quire of ten (?) cancelled at the end.


1 col., c. 36–39 lines. Frame-ruled, ruled space 215–20 × 130–40 mm.


Cursive by two hands, (a) fols. 1r-152v, 167r-end; (b) fols. 153r-167r, 218r, and annotations throughout.


Six-line red initial with simple silhouette decoration, fol. 1r.

Elsewhere three-line red initials with simple decoration.

Additions: Contemporary and later annotation, largely by scribe (b), extensive in places.


15th-century binding of plain whittawed skin over boards, damaged; clasps and bosses (on upper and lower boards) lost. Tabs.

Accompanying Material

The lower pastedown is made up of (a) part of a late-fourteenth-century legal document (apparently from the court of the papal audience, relating to the diocese of Würzburg; mentions Gerhard bishop of Würzburg, sedit 1372–1400, and Wittigo, bishop of Naumberg, sedit 1372–82), and (b) a thirteenth-century (?) liturgical manuscript. The upper pastedown is made up of a fragment of (the same?) legal document and unidentified fragments of (b) fourteenth-century and (c) twelfth-century Latin manuscripts.


Origin: c. 1420–30 (watermarks) ; Germany

Provenance and Acquisition

Erfurt, Charterhouse: identifiable as O 19 in the late-fifteenth-century library catalogue (ed. Lehmann, p 493).

Friedrich Gottlieb Julius von Bülow, 1760-?1831 (?): probably identifiable as 211 in the catalogue of part 3 of his sale, 10 Oct. 1836 ('FRANCISCI ASSISlNATIS Postilla super evangelia dominicalia per totum annum').

Sir William Hamilton, 1788–1856

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

Record Sources

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

Digital Images

Digital Bodleian (full digital facsimile)


Last Substantive Revision

2020-10-26: Description finalized for Polonsky German project.