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

MS. Hamilton 40

Summary Catalogue no.: 24470

Commonplace book including notes on Old Testament books; Germany, 15th century

Contents

Language(s): Latin

1. (fols. 1r–128v)
Commonplace book,

consisting of excerpts from various works of theology and morals, including (fols. 101a recto – e verso) an alphabetical index of subjects, Abscondit se – Ymago dei.

2. (fols. 129r-288v)
Glosses on the Old Testament and Apocrypha (Stegmüller 10150)

Excepting the Pentateuch; in confused order (starting with Jeremiah and Lamentations, ending with Judges and Joshua.

Rubric: Prologus in Ieremiam prophetam
Incipit: Fuit enim Anathotites, qui est usque hodie viculus tribus ab Ierosolymis distans milibus

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: paper
Extent: ii (medieval parchment) + 352 leaves + i (medieval parchment)
Dimensions (leaf): 145–155 × 105 mm.
Foliation: Medieval foliation in back and red inks, 1–289, but with numerous gaps and inserted leaves, necessitating duplicate folio numbers in modern pencil, recorded as: ‘Really 352 for pp 26, 32, 40, 49, 50, 52, 54, 59, 71, 75, 76, 78, 83, 96, 117, 127, 133, 134, 147, 148, 149, 150, 151, 152, 153, 159, 163, 165, 167, 169, 170, 178, 179, 180, 181, 185, 187, 191, 193, 194, 195, 216, 236, 242, 244, 247, 248, 249, 250, 267 and 273 are double; pp. 47 & 195 are treble; page 101 is fivefold and p. 201 is sevenfold’

Layout

Verticals (only) ruled in ink, written in 1 col., typically of 31–35 lines. Written space varies, typically 120–135 × 70–80 mm.

Hand(s)

Gothic cursive

Decoration

Apparently only one coloured initial (fol. 47b)

Otherwise none.

Binding

Medieval. Bound in half brown leather over wood boards, sewn on three double/slit bands. Flyleaves and former pastedowns using 12th-, 13th-, and 14th-cent. MS. waste. Vestiges of a single clasp. Red fore-edge tabs. Spine with 19th-cent. gilt leather label ‘40’.

History

Origin: 15th century ; German

Provenance and Acquisition

Written presumably for private use, with many marginal annotations and many added texts on tipped-in slips of paper of varying sizes.

Erfurt, Charterhouse: their ownership inscription (fol.1r) and shelfmark ‘B 93’ (front board). Not identifiable under this shelfmark in the late-fifteenth-century library catalogue, but probably to be identified with B. 53: ‘Memoriale in biblia, in quo multa conscripta sunt breviter et truncate ad sciendum et requirendum loco biblie, ubi scribuntur. Qualiter aliqui devoti decipiuntur per sensibiles consolaciones [cf. heading, fol. 1r]. Que monere et inducere debent hominem, ut non solum pacienter, sed eciam gaudenter paciatur pro Christo. De 7 peccatis criminalibus. Suspirium b. Augustini [cf. fol. 47b]. Originale peccatum quid sit. Dolor contricionis quante efficacie sit, et hic multum consolatur peccator. Exerpta multa de multis libris biblie ad habendum memorie quasi per aliqua puncta eorum, que in diversis locis scribuntur.’ (Mittelalterliche Bibliothekskataloge Deutschlands und der Schweiz, II, 278)

Not identifiable in the catalogue of the sale of Friedrich Gottlieb Julius von Bülow, 1836.

Sir William Hamilton, 1788–1856

Presented to the Bodleian Library by his sons and received in 1857. Formerly ‘Addit. Bodl. III. D. 7’ (fol. ii r).

MS. Hamilton 40 - endleaf (fol. i r-v)

Contents

Language(s): Latin

Unidentified liturgical manuscript

Lower part of a leaf, with readings from Matthew 1:9–16, Isaiah 62:1–4, and Matthew 1:18–20.

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment
Extent: lower part of a leaf

Hand(s)

Protogothic bookhand.

History

Origin: 12th century

MS. Hamilton 40 - endleaf (fol. ii r-v and unfoliated fragment before fol. i)

Contents

Language(s): Latin

Compilatio tertia decretalium with commentary, upper part of a leaf

Compilatio tertia decretalium
Rubric: Idem illustri regi Navarie
Incipit: Ad audienciam nostram
Rubric: Idem illustri regi aringonen.
Incipit: Quanto personam tuam

Fol. ii verso has the end of II.xv.2 and the beginning of II.xv.3; fol. ii recto has the end of II.xv.3 and (presumably) part of II.xv.4 (Quinque compilationes, ed. Friedberg, 114–5); cf. Innocent III, ep. I.556 (PL 214.509); the fragment before fol. i has (on the verso) the beginning of II.xv.4

Commentary on Compilatio tertia decretalium

Apparently not the usual apparatus of Johannes Teutonicus (ed. K. Pennington)

Incipit: (II.xv.3) Ad audientiam Duo reges Hispanie inuase⟨runt⟩ regnum regnum[sic] regis nauarrie. Iurauit eis

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment
Extent: fragments of one folio (the upper fore-edge corner)

Layout

2 cols., width of a column c. 50 mm.

Hand(s)

Gothic bookhand

Decoration

Blue initials flourished in red.

History

Origin: 13th century

MS. Hamilton 40 - endleaf (lifted pastedown) (fol. [290] r-v)

Contents

Language(s): Latin

Theological text

One rubric ‘sanguinis Ihesu’, the verso with miscellaneous 15th-cent. notes.

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment
Extent: part of a bifolium

Layout

1 col., width of the column at least 80 80 mm.

Hand(s)

Informal bookhand with cursive features

Decoration

Coloured red initials.

History

Origin: 14th century

Additional Information

Record Sources

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

Digital Images

Digital Bodleian (full digital facsimile)

Bibliography

Last Substantive Revision

2020-02-05: Revised summary description for Polonsky German