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MS. Hamilton 4

Summary Catalogue no.: 24434

‘Abbreviatio’ of parts of Thomas Aquinas, Summa Theologiae, with the Additiones; Germany, 15th century


Language(s): Latin

1. (fols. 1r–239v)
Thomas Aquinas, Summa theologiae: 'Abbreviatio' of II/1–2 and III
(fols. 1r–106v)

Prima Secundae

Rubric: Incipit prima pars
Incipit: Salutarem theoloyce ueritatis doctrinam breuiter scire querenti
Explicit: sed peruersam et contrariam deo qui est benedictus in secula seculorum Amen.
Final rubric: Explicit abbreuiacio prime partis secunde que est de operibus hominis bonis et malis siue de uirtutibus et uiciis in communi(?) cum annexis ipsis etc.
(fols. 107r–202v)

Secunda Secundae

Rubric: Incipit 2a pars 2e partis summe fratris Thome de Aquino ordinis predicatorum etc.
Incipit: Questio prima de fide que est prima uirtutum … Post communem consideracionem de virtutibus et viciis
Final rubric: Explicit abreuiatio … Thome de Aquino ordinis predicatorum excellentissimi doctoris.
(fols. 203r–204v)

Index of Secunda Secundae

Rubric: Incipit tabula tytulorum secunde partis 2e …
Incipit: Amor 56, 57, 58
Explicit: Yronia 113 etc.
Final rubric: Explicit tabula tytulorum.
(fols. 204v–238v)


Rubric: Incipit 3a pars.
Incipit: Post considerandum de deo et operibus eius atque operum hominis
(fols. 238v–239v)


Incipit: Assumpsit deus uerum corpus humanum non celeste . q . 5 .
2. (fols. 239v–279v)
Additiones to the Summa: Quaestiones 91–211, sometimes called the Quarta
Rubric: Questio 91 de partibus penitencie in speciali etc.
Incipit: Circa partes uero penitencie in speciali primo dicendum est de contricione
Explicit: causa leticie sempiterne prestante domino nostro qui … uiuit et regnat deus in secula seculorum. Amen

Theological notes added, fifteenth century, on the upper and lower pastedowns.

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: paper
Extent: 279 leaves
Dimensions (leaf): 305 × 205 mm.


1(12)-5(12) (fols. 1–60), 6(10) (fols. 61–70), 7(12)-9(12) (fols. 71–106) | 10(12)-17(12) (fols. 107–202) | 18(12)-22(12) (fols. 203–262), 23(10) (fols. 263–272), 24(seven, repaired)


Frame-ruled in ink, written in a single column of about 33–37 lines. Written space c. 230 × 155 mm.

The indexes in two columns.


Gothic cursive.


Plain red initials.


Medieval. Sewn on three double/slit bands laced into wood boards covered with brown leather blind-tooled in a lattice pattern; each cover with marks from five metal bosses arranged in a saltire pattern; traces of two clasps; spine with gilt leather title piece ‘4.’. The front cover with two paper labels, inscribed ‘Abbreui[ … ] summe b. Thome:’ (to which is added ‘h 36’), and ‘H XXXVI’.

Accompanying Material

Quires strengthened with fragments of a fifteenth-century theological manuscript in Latin on parchment. Fourteenth-century parchment fragment between fols. 91 and 92.


Origin: 15th century ; German

Provenance and Acquisition

Erfurt (St Peter’s), with several ownership inscriptions, and their shelfmark H 36.

Friedrich Gottlieb Julius von Bülow, 1760-?1831, 48 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. Formerly ‘Mendham IV.’ (upper pastedown).

Record Sources

Summary description (Feb. 2021) by Peter Kidd, edited and dimensions/collation supplied by Matthew Holford. Previously described in the Summary Catalogue.

Digital Images

Digital Bodleian (full digital facsimile)


Last Substantive Revision

2021-02-05: Revised summary description for Polonsky German project.