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Collection of works, mainly theological, written in Germany in the early fifteenth century., Early 15th century.

Identifier: MS.2739

Scope and Contents

The contents are as follows.

(i) An exposition of the Canon of the Mass, beginning 'Videte quomodo caute ambuletis. . . . Ita scribitur ad Ephesios'; ends 'cuius nomen in secula sit benedictum. Amen. Explicit hoc dictum’. For a work with a similar ‘initium’, from the library of the Benedictines at Erfurt, see Bodleian Library, MS.Hamilton 17, folio 227. (Folio 3 verso.)

(ii) Sermons, from Advent to the first Sunday after Easter, beginning 'Emitte manum tuam de alto, etc. Ecce, karissimi, sicut naufragi'. (Folio 51 verso.)

(iii) A short treatise on the virtues, beginning, 'Nota virtutes arbori comparantur, cuius radix amara'. (Folio 141 verso.)

(iv) 'Incipit libellus beati Augustini de cognicione vere vite.' Not the work of this title by Honorius Augustodunensis, often attributed to Augustine ('Patrologia Latina', xl, 1005-1032). The text here consists of a sermon of St Caesarius of Arles, beginning 'Nemo dicat, fratres, quod temporibus nostris' (‘Sancti Caesarii Arelatensis Sermones’, edited by G Morin, Corpus Christianorum, series Latina, volume ciii (Turnholti, 1953), pages 180-184), followed by a number of ‘questiones’ on various theological topics. The initial and final rubrics have been struck through: against the former, 'Sequitur sermo de martirio' has been added in the margin; against the latter ('Explicit tractatus Augustini [etc.]'), 'Falsitas huius patet in eo quod in primo folio allegatur Augustinus'. (Folio 142.)

(v) A short treatise on sins, beginning 'Hec sunt quattuor peccata que propter suam magnitudinem ad Deum clamat pro vindicta'. (Folio 152 verso.)

(vi) A treatise on canon law, beginning 'Nota sex casus quos debet sacerdos mittere ad episcopum, qui tamen multos continent', followed (folio 192) by a list of contents. For a work with a similar initium, see A Teetaert, “Quelques ‘Summae de Paenitentia’ anonymes dans la Bibliothèque Nationale de Paris”, 'Miscellanea Giovanni Mercati', volume ii, Studi e Testi 122 (1946), pages 333-334. (Folio 154 verso.)

(vii) An extract from the Life of St Hubert by Jonas, bishop of Orleans, beginning 'Cum sacratissimus Domini famulus Hubertus, curam gregis gerens'; ends 'Tunc [unus] discipulorum se bene nosce respondit Helyamque id fecisse confessus est'. Corresponds to Caput I, cap. v and part of cap. vi, of 'Vita secunda sancti Huberti', ‘Acta Sanctorum’, ‘Novembris’, volume i, page 810. (Folio 193 verso.)

Initials and capitals in red. Double colunms. The end-papers and insides of the boards are covered with miscellaneous notes. There are many marginal notes, particularly to the first section; in this section, some small leaves with additional notes have been bound into the volume (folios 1, 3, 7, 8, 10, 13, 15, 16, 19).

On the front cover (partly illegible) is a partial list of contents.

The date 1403 appears on folio 141 verso.


  • Creation: Early 15th century.

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196 Leaves ; 220 x 150 millimetres.

Language of Materials



196 folios.

Collation (omitting inserted leaves): 1¹¹, 2-3¹⁰, 4-5¹², 6-13¹⁰, 14¹², 15-18¹⁰. With signatures and catchwords.

Custodial History

The manuscript is from the library of the Carthusians at Erfurt.

The inscription 'Cartusiae Erfordiensis' is written in a seventeenth- or eighteenth- century hand on folio 1. On the inside of the back cover appears the following: 'Andreas Syfridi de Czerwist dedit istum librum, cuius anima requiescat in pace'. On the front cover is a pressmark (H.140).


‘Mittelalterliche bibliothekskataloge Deutschlands und der Schweiz’ (München, 1928), edited by Paul Lehmann, volume ii, page 428, number 140.

Migne, Jacques Paul. 'Patrologia Latina' (Paris, 1844-1865).

Römer, F. ‘Die handschriftliche Überlieferung der Werke des heiligen Augustinus’, II: ‘Grossbritannien und Irland’, volume 2: ‘Verzeichnis nach Bibliotheken’ (Vienna, 1972).

Physical Description

Paper. Original leather binding on boards, rebacked with vellum; remains of bosses and clasps.

Repository Details

Part of the National Library of Scotland Archives and Manuscripts Division Repository

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