MS. Hamilton 45
Summary Catalogue no.: 24475
Theological and biblical compendium, including excerpts from Thomas Aquinas, Catena aurea on the Gospels; Germany (?Erfurt OCart), 15th century, second half
Upper pastedown: table of contents, with folio references
Preceded (fol. 59v) by a note: ‘Prologus super Lucam cum sua expositione r.(?) bibliam Bartholomei Lowe(n) qui fuit quondam consiliarius episcopi Brandeborgensis quam dedit nobis d. Magdeburg.’
James, I Peter, I–III John, Jude
The rest of the volume contains theological notes, often apparently placed rather haphazardly, and linked to other pages by cross-references.
Numerous tipped-in slips (omitted from the ink foliation), referred to within the text as cedulae, often blank on one side, supply further notes, sometimes citing their sources, including: (fol. 16br) ex vocabulario domini Alward’ fratris nostri; (fol. 181b) ex Sexternis Iohannis Indaginis fratris nostri
At least two cedulae (fols. 29b, 50b) are in German; the first refers to the ‘capella sancti Iohannis in Czu malegut predige buch’ (fol. 29br, cf. fol. 50bv), and cites a ‘libello teutonico qui intytulatur De virtutibus et sermones claustrales’ (fol. 29bv).
Verticals (only) ruled in ink, written in 1 col., except fols. 203–210, in 2 cols., with variable number of lines. Written space varies but typically 180–5 × 100–5 mm.
Some initials in plain red.
Early 20th-century(?), three-quarter brown leather. A medieval paper label, probably moved from the front cover of a former binding, now stuck to the upper pastedown ‘Excerptum de glo. continua’ and in smaller script ‘beati Thome super 4or. euangelistas’. Red leather tabs at the upper edge, superseding (missing) tabs at the fore-edge. The flat spine lettered in gilt, the 19th-century leather spine label ‘45’ now stuck to the lower pastedown.
Provenance and Acquisition
The references to ‘domini Alward. fratris nostri’ and ‘Iohannis Indaginis fratris nostri’ suggest that at least the ‘cedulae’ were written at the Erfurt Charterhouse, where Johannes Hagen of Indagine was monk (1440–54, 1465–75) and prior (1457–60); ‘dominus Alward.’ is probably to be identified with the ‘dominus Alwordus professus huius domus’ who is mentioned in the library catalogue as having written C 13 (Nicholas Lyre, now Berlin, SB, Lat. qu. 636) ‘et super prophetas, Machabeorum et alia multa de eadem manu’.
Erfurt (Carthusians) : with their ownership inscription (upper pastedown); probably C. 97 in the late medieval catalogue (Mittelalterliche Bibliothekskataloge Deutschlands und der Schweiz, II (1928), p. 294).
Friedrich Gottlieb Julius von Bülow, 1760-?1831, identifiable as 330 in the catalogue of part 3 of his sale, 10 Oct. 1836
Presented to the Bodleian Library by his sons and received in 1857. Former shelfmark Formerly ‘Addit. MSS Bodl. III.D.12.’ (upper pastedown).
MS. Hamilton 45 - endleaf (fol. 221)
1 col., c. 23–25 lines, written space 100–5 × 75–85 mm.
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Last Substantive Revision
2021-02-04: Description revised for Polonsky German digitization project based on examination of the manuscript.