MS. Hamilton 31
Summary Catalogue no.: 24461
A John of Wales, Postilla in Apocalypsim; Germany, 15th century, second quarter or middle B Agostino Trionfo on Hebrews and James; Germany, c. 1430–1440
On the upper pastedown in fifteenth-century hands (1) a theological quaestio; (2) a note of the volume's contents, not mentioning item 3, and attributing item 1 to 'quodam fratre ordinis minorum'; (3) ex libris (see provenance). On the lower pastedown are another fifteenth-century ex libris, pen trials, and a subject-index (partly alphabetical) to art. 1 in four columns.
Ruled and stamped binding with cut-leather decoration (the Virgin and Child) on the upper board: attributed by Hermann Herbst to Tider Woltmann and subsequently by Ilse Schunke to the workshop of the Braunschweig cathedral binder, active c. 1433–1440; see F. A. Schmidt-Künsemüller, Corpus Der Gotischen Lederschitteinbände Aus Dem Deutschen Sprachgebiet (1980) no. 416, with references. The stamps are Schwenke-Schunke Rosette 49, but also a rosette not listed in Schwenke-Schunke, but associated in EBDB with Woltmann (s014638). Clasps lost; cornerpieces and centrepiece lost. Contemporary labels on the upper board with contents and pressmark. Tabs.
Fragments of a twelfth-century liturgical manuscript in the binding and used as quire-strengtheners.
Provenance and Acquisition
Erfurt, Carthusian abbey: ex libris, fifteenth-century, on both pastedowns; another, fol. 118r; ex libris, 17th century (?), fol. 1; pressmark C 91 on label on the upper cover; listed under that pressmark in the late-fifteenth-century library catalogue (Mittelalterliche Bibliothekskataloge Deutschlands und der Schweiz, II: Erfurt, ed. P. Lehmann (1928), p. 292).
Friedrich Gottlieb Julius von Bülow, 1760-?1831: identifiable as 177 in the catalogue of part 3 of his sale, 10 Oct. 1836.
Presented to the Bodleian Library by his sons and received in 1857.
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Last Substantive Revision
2020-11-13: Description finalized for Polonsky German.