MS. Hamilton 52
Summary Catalogue no.: 24482
Henricus de Frimaria, De perfectione interioris hominis; Germany, 14th century, middle or second half
Fifteenth-century pen-trials (including 'Anno lxviii') and additions:
The distich 'Littera gesta docet' with note on the four levels of interpretation.
Fol. 64b, an inserted slip, is from a table of contents for another book from St Peter's Erfurt.
1 col., c. 31-3 lines. Partly frame-ruled, partly unruled; written space 160-70 × 100-5 mm.
One scribe, textualis with cursive features.
Additions on fol. 129v in hybrida.
Five-line red initial with simple penwork decoration in red, fol. 1r.
Elsewhere mostly three-line initials in red or the ink of the text, or both, sometimes with simple silhouette decoration.
15th-century binding of brown leather over boards, stamped and ruled in blind; clasp, mostly lost; four (of five) bosses on the lower board (none on the upper board); contemporary contents label and pressmark (D XXXIIII). Bindery of St Peter's Erfurt, Einbanddatenbank 501181s: stamps s015807, s015809, s015813, s015822 and possibly others. Tabs.
Traces of offset from a missing pastedown on the lower inside board.
Provenance and Acquisition
Benedictine abbey of St Peter, Erfurt: ex libris, fol. 1r, 15th century, with pressmark D 34; ex libris, 18th century, fol. 1r.
Friedrich Gottlieb Julius von Bülow, 1760-?1831 (?): possibly identifiable as 469 in the catalogue of part 3 of his sale, 10 Oct. 1836.
Presented to the Bodleian Library by his sons and received in 1857.
Last Substantive Revision
2020-10-08: Description finalized for Polonsky German project.