MS. Add. A. 92
Summary Catalogue no.: 28897
Autograph proverb collection of Martin Luther; Germany, 16th century, first half
With some duplications, deletions, interlinear and marginal insertions, etc.Edited by Ernst Thiele, Luthers Sprichwörtersammlung (Weimar, 1900), and ‘Luthers Sprichtwörtersammlung’ in D. Martin Luthers Werke: Kritische Gesammtausgabe, 51 (Weimar, 1914), pp. 634–44 (introduction), 645–662 (text), and 663–64 (further notes by D. Brenner).
MS. Add. C. 309 includes a transcript made c.1700 of pp. 1–10; attestations to the genuineness of the writing; and a clipping from the 1862 bookseller catalogue (originally loose papers in the case of this volume).
Unruled; typically written with 15–19 lines per page. Written space variable, typically c. 125–30 × 65–75 mm.
Cursive, by Martin Luther, in several shades of reddish brown and pink ink.
The gutter margin has holes from earlier stab-stitching. Now apparently sewn on two bands and bound in thin pasteboards covered with comb-marbled paper; the spine with a green paper label inscribed ‘Luthers eigne Hand’. Kept in a dark blue leather slipcase lettered in gilt capitals ‘M. Luther. Autograph.’ on the spine and on one side.
Provenance and Acquisition
Successive members of the Lingke family, including Johann Theodor Lingke (1720–1801), theologian of at Wittenberg and Torgau, who wrote a number of works about Luther.
At his death the manuscript passed to his son, August Theodor Lingke, who died celibate in Dresden in 1838
Inherited by his nephew Wilhelm Becher, who sold it in 1862.
H. Skutsch, bookseller, Breslau, Catalogue 89 (1862), no. 1412, priced 300 Thaler.
Deighton, Bell, & Co., booksellers, Cambridge.
Bought by the Bodleian, 10 March 1865, for £45. Former Bodleian shelfmarks: ‘MS. Addit. Bodl. II. C. 12.’ and ‘Addit. A. 92.’ A set of photos taken in 1890 is now MS. Add. A. 92* (SC 31001).
Last Substantive Revision
2021-03-30: Description fully revised for Polonsky German digitization project.