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

MS. Hamilton 35

Summary Catalogue no.: 24465

Jacobus de Clusa, various works; Germany, 15th century, partly 1443–1444


Language(s): Latin

1. (fol. 1)
Jacobus, de Clusa, 1381?-1465, Liber Quaestionum de diversis materiis
Rubric: Questiones et dubia pro religiosis vtilia
Incipit: In nomine ... Ad mandatum et beneplacitum venerabilis patris domini abbatis de Claratumba
Incipit: Queritur volenti ingredi religionem

In 24 parts. Meier, no. 3 (this ms. listed)

At fol. 158v is 'Epistola Bernardi in libello de Mundi contemptu', addressed to the abbot of Cluny.

2. (fol. 160)
Jacobus de Clusa, De temptatione et consolatione religiosorum
Rubric: De temptacionibus & solacionibus religiosorum
Incipit: Instantibus tuis precibus

In 16 dialogues between Magister and Discipulus, with preface. Meier no. 38, this ms. listed

(fol. 240v)
Jacobus de Clusa, Planctus peccatorum
Rubric: Planctus Peccatoris
Incipit: Scribis contra me

Meier no. 76, this ms. listed.

3. (fol. 245)
Jacobus de Clusa, Oculus religiosorum
Rubric: ... Oculus Religiosorum
Incipit: In nomine ... Multorum Deo militare cupiencium

in 28 chapters: at end in a different but contemporary hand is 'Anno Domini Mº ccccº xliijº infra octauas Natiuitatis gloriose Virginis ... Marie.'

Meier no. 45, this ms. listed.

(fol. 286)
Jacobus de Clusa, De reformatione claustrorum
Rubric: Formula reformandi religiones ab obseruancia lapsas
Incipit: Quia teste ore veritatis

Meier no. 63, this ms. listed.

'Epistola Henrici de Hassia' (beg. 'Honorabili ... Literas caritatis vestre': fol. 292): a poem on the vanity of earthly delights (beg. 'Si tibi diuicias cumules metalla, quid inde?': fol. 293v).

4. (fol. 295)
Jacobus de Clusa, De bona voluntate
Rubric: ...Tractatus de bona voluntate
Incipit: Cum omnium fructuum nobilitas

in 22 chapters: at end 'Annis [sic] Domini 1444º in octaua Epyphanie, etc.'

Meier no. 19, this ms. listed.

5. (fol. 323v)
Jacobus de Clusa, De perfectione religiosorum
Rubric: De perfectione Religiosorum
Incipit: Cum cognitio et desiderium finis

Meier no. 15, this ms. listed.

6. (fol. 331v)
Jacobus de Clusa, De arte curandi vitia
Rubric: De arte curandi Vicia
Incipit: Isaac sanctus patriarcha

At the foot of the first column is '1444 Mich'', i.e. Michaelmas (?).

Meier no. 40, this ms. listed.

7. (fol. 340v)
Jacobus de Clusa, De profectu spiritualis uitae
Rubric: De profectu in vita spirituali
Incipit: Spiritualis vir omnia diiudicans

At the foot of the first column is '1444', and at the foot of the last '1444. hedwigis', i.e. St. Hedwig's day (?).

Meier no. 77, this ms. listed.

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: paper
Extent: 1 + 343 + 1 leaves
Dimensions (leaf): 285 × 210 mm.
Foliation: [first endleaf, former pastedown, unfoliated], 1-344 (344 is a former pastedown); 170 is double, with fol. 170b a small inserted slip of paper.


Two columns, c. 38–52 lines. Column space 230–40 × 70 mm.


Ruled and stamped pigskin on boards (15th century); contents label 'Questiones et tractatus ad religiosos'.


Origin: 15th century, partly 1443–1444 ; German

Provenance and Acquisition

Fol. [i] verso, pen trial (?), beginning of a salutation (part cropped) to 'Alberto plebano' from the 'plebanus in Gossmar' [Gossmar near Luckau?]

Erfurt, Carthusian abbey of St. Salvator: 'Hxx' on the front cover: H20 in the catalogue.

Friedrich Gottlieb Julius von Bülow, 1760-?1831, identifiable as 205 in the catalogue of part 3 of his sale, 10 Oct. 1836.

Sir William Hamilton, 1788–1856

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

MS. Hamilton 35 - flyleaf (fol. [i])


Language(s): German

(fol. ii)
Ortolf von Baierland, Arzneibuch,


Incipit: M(?)orfea ist ein sichtu(m) da vo(n) kumit vil dicke daz de(n) man(n)e(n) uz den barte uellet daz har
Explicit: De(n) die mil daz har vrezsen d(ar)zu stoze senf mit honigk vn(d) sm(er)e daz houb(et) stetlichen do mite

This fragment is an unfoliated parchment leaf which has a text in German on what is now the recto. The flyleaf is an unfolded bifolium, and originally the text would have been on the second verso of the bifolium. The main text is substantially worn through being pasted onto the board cover.

It contains a medical treatise on the treatment of morphea, a form of skin disease. The treatise contains medicinal recipes, along with an exemplum of one master Johannes who was treated for this complaint by his wife. This text is similar to that in Trier, Stadtbibliothek Hs. 1025/1944 8º, beginning on fol. 124v, where it forms part of a collection of medical recipes associated with a heavily interpolated text of the ‘Arzneibuch’: cf. Betty C. Bushey, Die deutschen und niederländischen Handschriften der Stadtbibliothek Trier bis 1600 (Wiesbaden 1996), pp. 138–143. The precise status of this recipe within the ‘Arzneibuch’ is not yet precisely defined; it does not feature in the single-manuscript edition of the oldest manuscript (Cologne, Stadtarchiv W 4º 24*), that being James Follan (ed.), Das Arzneibuch Ortolfs von Baierland, Veröffentlichungen der Internationalen Gesellschaft für Geschichte der Pharmazie e. V., N. F. 23 (Stuttgart 1963).

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment


Two columns of 22 lines each; the final three lines of the second column contain a later Latin benediction, in weaker ink and heavily faded.


13th century textura, in black ink.


Origin: 13th century

MS. Hamilton 35 - flyleaf (fol. 344)


Language(s): Latin

(fol. i)

Fragment. Issued by the archbishop of Mainz, June 10, 1252, in connexion with a new hospital in that city.

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment


Origin: 1252 ; Mainz, Germany

Additional Information

Record Sources

Description adapted by Tuija Ainonen (March 2020) from the following sources (with additional physical description):
Unpublished description by Stephen Mossman, c. 2003.

Digital Images

Digital Bodleian (full digital facsimile)


Last Substantive Revision

2022-11: Corrections to endleaf foliation; added provenance note re. Gossmar; add Buelow provenance.