A catalogue of Western manuscripts at the Bodleian Libraries and selected Oxford colleges

MS. Lat. th. e. 18

Summary Catalogue no.: Not in SC (late accession)

Miscellaneous theological tracts; Germany, first half 15th century



Peniteas cito

The metrical penitentiary (WIC 13564), pr. P.L. 207 col. 1154–5 with a different commentary from those found in the printed editions. In the prologue (fol.4v) the author is (wrongly) said to be John of Garland.

Incipit: (prologue) ⟨H⟩omines intellectu et ratione vigentes
Incipit: (text) Iste liber cuius subiectum patuit
Explicit: de quo regraciemur illi qui est benedictus in sec.sec.Amen
Colophon: (fol.45v) Explicit summula penitendi finita et conpleta anno domini 1427 in profesto s.marie purificacionis circa horam nonam etc.
Language(s): Latin
Jean Gerson, Opusculum tripertitum
Rubric: Opusculum tripertitum de preceptis de confessione de sciencia mortis editum a magistro iohanne de gersono

Pr. Opp. ed. L.E. du Pin, Antwerp 1706, tom.1 col.427–450.

Language(s): Latin
Rubric: Opusculum eiusdem super sacramentali absolucione

Pr. Opp. tom. II col. 406–411.

Language(s): Latin
Rubric: Tractatulus magistri iohanis gerson de modo se habendi discreti confessoris

Pr. Opp. tom. II col.457–9.

Language(s): Latin
Treatise for priests on confession
Incipit: Cum in arte naturalis medicine
Explicit: debita reverencia moribus denegatur
Language(s): Latin
Liber contra Iudaeos siue Pharetra Iudaeorum
Rubric: Opusculum quod dicitur pharetra iudeorum

With a shorter text than that of the printed editions and a different prologue.

Incipit: (prologue) Legitur in libro regum quod asswerus rex
Incipit: (text) ⟨I⟩udeus dicit vos christiani credentes dicitis temere
Explicit: dicit iudeus convertat nos deus respondet christianus Amen
Language(s): Latin
Rubric: Epistola magistri Johanis gerson super reservacione moderacione casuum in foro penitencie

Pr. Opp. tom. II col.415, 416

Language(s): Latin
Liber contra Iudaeos siue Pharetra Iudaeorum

Another text, more abbreviated and altered than at fol. 118 above.

Incipit: Seimus fratres quoniam diversa est opinio inter christianos et iudeos
Explicit: Sit ergo nomen domini benedictum in sec.sec.amen
Language(s): Latin
Rubric: Alphabetum misticum cum pater noster Ave Maria credo (given in table of contents)
Incipit: ⟨P⟩arvus error in principio maximus erit in fine
Explicit: palma resurgentis ascensio iudiciumque
Language(s): Latin

Draft of a begging letter in German followed by two sentences in Latin.

Language(s): German and Latin

Physical Description

Secundo Folio: ut patet
Form: codex
Support: Paper. Watermarks: cat, cf. Briquet 3556, crescent and star, cf. Briquet 5347, crossed keys, cf. Briquet 3856, crown, cf. Briquet 4625, grapes, cf. Briquet 13007, steer's head (two varieties), cf. Briquet 14616, crown, cf. Briquet 4634, bow and arrow, cf. Briquet 798, balance, cf. Briquet 2428, anchor, cf. Briquet 437.
Extent: ii + 142 leaves
Dimensions (leaf): 215 × 145 mm.
Dimensions (written): 145–155 × 80–95 mm.


1(12) (12 canc.) 2(12), 3(12), 4(10), 5(10) (+ 1 added at the beginning), 6(12) – 10(12), 11(14) (5 canc.), 12(14) (1 canc.)


25–35 long lines.


Written in several hands.


Plain red initials.


Contemporary limp skin binding.


Origin: 15th century, first half ; German

Provenance and Acquisition

'Liber domus sancte Barbare in Colonia ordinis Carthusiensis', 15th century (fol. 1).

Note referring to the revenues of ‘domus Duckelhuysel’ (Tückelhausen, a Carthusian cell near Würzburg) 15th cent. (fol.142).

'Iste liber est concessus Georgio Effrem ... colonia', 'I xlix' (front inside cover, partly scored out).

Leander van Ess (1772–1847), MS. 302 (see Hermann Knaus, 'Die Handschriften des Leander van Eß', Archiv für Geschichte des Buchwesens, vol. 1 (pts. 3/4, 1956), 1958, 331–6, and Milton McC. Gatch, ed., 'so precious a foundation': The Library of Leander van Ess at the Burke Library of Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York, New York, 1996).

Sir Thomas Phillipps (1792–1872), MS. 686, his sale at Sotheby's, 1910, lot 382.

Bought, 1930.

Record Sources

Typescript description by Bodleian Library staff, partly revised by Peter Kidd, late 1990s.

Last Substantive Revision

2017-07-01: First online publication.