MS. Hamilton 40
Summary Catalogue no.: 24470
Commonplace book including notes on Old Testament books; Germany, 15th century
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.
Excepting the Pentateuch; in confused order (starting with Jeremiah and Lamentations, ending with Judges and Joshua.
Verticals (only) ruled in ink, written in 1 col., typically of 31–35 lines. Written space varies, typically 120–135 × 70–80 mm.
Apparently only one coloured initial (fol. 47b)
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’.
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.
Presented to the Bodleian Library by his sons and received in 1857. Formerly ‘Addit. Bodl. III. D. 7’ (fol. ii r).
Digital Bodleian (full digital facsimile)
Last Substantive Revision
2020-02-05: Revised summary description for Polonsky German