MS. Hamilton 47
Summary Catalogue no.: 24477
Carthusian chapterhouse sermons; Germany, late 14th or early 15th century
One hundred and sixteen Carthusian chapterhouse sermons, fully itemized in Schneyer VI.505–513 (sermones OCart): for the background see James Hogg, 'Early fifteenth-century Chapterhouse sermons at the Charterhouse of Mainz', in Medieval monastic preaching, ed. Carolyn A. Muessig (1998), 53–72. Identified authors are Bernard of Clairvaux, Henricus de Frimaria, Conrad Holtnicker, Jacobus de Voragine, Jordanus de Quedlinburg, Hugh of Lincoln; most sermons attested only here, two also found in Marseille 395.
Nativity, Schneyer 1–11
Epiphany, Schneyer 12–19
Resurrection, Schneyer 20–27
Ascension, Schneyer 28–35
Pentecost, Schneyer 36–42
Purification, Schneyer 43–48
Annunciation, Schneyer 49–54
Assumption, Schneyer 55–62 (rubric on fol. 51r). Rest of fol. 59v blank.
Nativity of the Virgin, Schneyer 63–71
Michaelmas, Schneyer 72–77
Fol. 71r contains a cancelled passage of Ps.-Bonaventure, Stimulus Amoris, III.ix 'Non cessat antiquus hostis ... aliquando liquefieri'.
All Saints, Schneyer 78–82
Nativity of John the Baptist, Schneyer 83–87
Mary Magdalen, Schneyer 88–92
St Hugh of Lincoln, Schneyer 93–101
⟨Michaelmas⟩, Schneyer 102–106
⟨All Saints⟩, Schneyer 107–112
John the Baptist, one sermon, Schneyer 113
Schneyer 114 (occasion not specified)
Schneyer 115 (occasion not specified)
Schneyer 116 (occasion not specified)
Fols. 116v-117v blank.
On the upper pastedown is a 15th-century table of contents itemizing the feasts 'in quibus de consuetudine fit collacio in capitulo monachorum', according to c. 3 of the Nova statuta, in liturgical order with reference to the manuscript's contemporary foliation.
1 col., c. 33–37 lines. Frame-ruled, ruled space 145–155 × 100–105 mm.
Cursiva antiquior, fols. 1r-108r and 111r-112v by one hand.
Additions by several hands in cursiva and hybrida.
Pen-trial with musical notation on the lower pastedown.
Two-line coloured red initials; rubrics.
Modest contemporary and later annotation.
Contemporary binding of red leather over boards; clasp lost; contemporary labels with title ('Collaciones capitulares') and pressmark. Tabs.
The upper pastedown is part of a bifolium of a Latin theological work on sin and punishment (Germany, 14th century), mostly covered by the table of contents.
The lower pastedown is a part of a late-fourteenth-century legal document issued by Gregory XI (?) (witnesses include ⟨Ber⟩told (?) dean of St Severus, for whom Urkundenbuch der Stadt Erfurt II (1889) nos. 709, 773), apparently related to a chantry in the church of St Mary at Erfurt, and attested by Heinricus Genonis of Cleves, dioc. Cologne; added later was a pen-trial with musical notation.
Between fols. 67 and 68 is a fragment from a fifteenth-century manuscript containing part of a Latin sermon on Eph. 5.15 (Videte quodmodo caute ambuletis) (Germany, 15th century)
For the endleaves see below.
Provenance and Acquisition
Erfurt, Carthusian abbey: ex libris, 15th century, fol. 2r; pressmark '0 107' on the front cover and the upper pastedown; listed under that pressmark in the late-fifteenth-century library catalogue (Mittelalterliche Bibliothekskataloge Deutschlands und der Schweiz, II: Erfurt, ed. P. Lehmann (1928), p. 505).
Friedrich Gottlieb Julius von Bülow, 1760-?1831: identifiable as 437 ('Collationes capitulares') 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.
MS. Hamilton 47 - endleaf (fol. 1)
‘]generat pluuia in yma parte aeris . et quia vapor ille humidus et grossus non poterat eleuari ad mediam regionem et non cadit nisi tempore magni caumatis ... — ... fit enim ex vapore[’ (1v col. 1)
‘] rigidior est pruina quam sit ros ... — ... proiciatur in aquam propter nimiam [’
‘]pressionibus aeris que fiunt ex vapore calido .... — ... facit coruscaciones in aere quas vocamus fulmen et similiter(?) facit ⟨…⟩[’
On rain, dew, frost, and thunder.
']est deus sic ut patet(?) . metaphysice ...' (fol. 1r)
']. infinitos. Primo modo a est uera et est sensus ... ' (fol. 1v)
2 cols., width of the column c. 65 mm.; at least 51 lines.
Cursiva antiquior; two scribes.
No surviving decoration.
MS. Hamilton 47 - endleaf (fol. 118) and pastedown
Extensively annotated by a contemporary hand.
2 cols., 47 lines; written space 205 × 145 mm.
Early textualis currens.
Space for initial unfilled.
Digital Bodleian (full digital facsimile)
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Last Substantive Revision
2020-11-17: Finalize description for Polonsky German.