MS. Lat. misc. d. 66
Summary Catalogue no.: Not in SC (late accession)
Dictamen and formularies; five booklets A-E, Germany (?area of Erfurt), 14th century
14th-century verses and pen-trials in Latin and German include: ‘Pelle et carne vestisti [Job 10:11]’, ‘omnes homines naturaliter’; ‘Actus activorum sunt in paciente disposito’; the opening clause of a charter in German of a Duke Albrecht of Austria, ‘Wir Albr(echt) von gotes gnaden hertzog ze Osterr(eich) & Sty'’; ‘Unseren Willigen dienst wizzt all zeit vor’; couplet ‘Qui non conswescit virtute dum iuvenescit | Viciis nescit distare quando senescit’; hexameters ‘Si paritas uel disparitas constent elementis … Hoc tibi sit signum quod defensor superetur’ (Walther, Initia carminum, no. 17832, citing MS. Bodl. 843).
Medieval limp parchment binding, with a wrap-around flap to cover the fore-edge made from another piece of parchment attached with parchment sewing to the back cover; the spine with two back plates of thick leather, with sewing threads sewn together in two pairs of three (cf. J. A. Szirmai, The archaeology of medieval bookbinding (Aldershot, 1999), ch. 10.4).
The front cover inscribed with the faded trace of a 15th(?)-century title ‘Poetria’(?), and the head of the spine with the Admont Stiftsbibliothek number ‘637’ in black ink.
Provenance and Acquisition
Perhaps written and bound at Erfurt to judge by the numerous mentions of the city in different sections of the volume (e.g. fols. 41v, 46r, 68r, 69r, 73r).
Not identifiable in the medieval catalogues of Admont (Mittelalterliche Bibliothekskataloge Österreichs, III: Steiermark, ed. Gerlinde Möser-Mersky (1961))
No. 637 in the Admont Stiftsbibliothek, with two different heraldic ink stamps of the ‘Bibliotheca Admontensis’ (fols. ir and 87v), their MS. 637 (this number on the spine); described in their 1888 handwritten catalogue (pp. 248–49), annotated ‘verkauft 1936 nach London E Ph Goldschmidt’.
E. P. Goldschmidt, Catalogue 100 (1936), item 11; with his(?) stock no. ‘# 17578’ in pencil (inside back cover)
bought by the Bodleian and inscribed in pencil ‘P[urchased] Goldschmidt Aug. 1936’ (fol. ir).
Digital Bodleian (full digital facsimile)
Last Substantive Revision
2021-04-15: Description fully revised for Polonsky German digitization project.