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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.