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MS 78: Composite manuscript containing fifteen texts, 15th century

Identifier: MS 78
Composite manuscript (MS 78)
Composite manuscript (MS 78)


Contains fourteen texts, a number of which have been written by Brother Sigfrid Slimdlin.
ff. 1r-49r: 'De venerabili sacramento altaris' ('On the venerable sacrament of the altar').
f. 49v: Alphabet poem.
ff. 50r-51v: Blank folios.
ff. 52r-54v: Capitula of 'Bonum universale de Apibus' by Thomas of Cantimpré (followed by an excerpt from the same work).
ff. 55r-61r: Two excerpts on bees from 'De proprietatibus rerum' by Bartholomaeus Anglicus.
ff. 61v-62v: Blank folios.
ff. 63r-81v: 'Liber Christianae religionis' ('Book on the Christian religion') by Thomas of Ireland.
ff. 82r-93v: 'De corpore Domini' ('On the body of the Lord') by Albertus Magnus (abridged version) followed by other short theological works.
ff. 94r-97v: 'De Missa Declaratio et Interpretatio seu Expositio' ('On the Mass. Explanation, interpretation or exposition').
ff. 98r-104v: 'Soliloquium de arra animae' ('Soliloquy on the earnest money of the soul') by Hugh of Saint-Victor.
ff. 104v-108v: Religious work by Sigfridus Slimdlin(?).
f. 108v: Alphabet poem.
ff. 109r-114v: 'Expositio sive interpretatio vulgari missae secundum fratrem Bertholdum' ('Explanation and interpretation of the common mass according to brother Bertholdus').
ff. 115r-160v: Index of the Bible.
ff. 161r-187v: Sermons on keeping the holy day.
ff. 187r-190v: Blank folios.
ff. 191r-200v: 'De vita Christiana' ('The Christian life') by Pseudo-Augustine.
ff. 201r-202v: Blank folios.
ff. 203r-209v: 'De horis canonicis dicendis' ('The canonical hours') by Heinrich von Bitterfeld.
The texts are described separately, under MS.78/ff. 1r-49r; MS.78/f. 49v; MS.78/ff. 52r-54v; MS.78/ff. 55r-61r; MS.78/ff. 63r-81v; MS.78/ff. 82r-93v; MS.78/ff. 94r-97v; MS.78/ff. 98r-104v; MS.78/ff. 104v-108v; MS.78/f. 108; MS.78/ff. 109r-114v; MS.78/ff. 115r-160; MS.78/ff. 161r-187v; MS.78/ff. 191r-200v; MS.78ff. 203r-209v.
Writing A good cursive hand with plain red capitals and rubrics.
Illumination The manuscript is not illuminated and contains no decorations.


  • 15th century


Language of Materials

Latin, German.

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open to all. The manuscripts can be consulted in the Centre for Research Collections, Edinburgh University Main Library.


1 bound MS volume

Custodial History

This is a German book. A 17th century inscription on f. 1r, Ex Bib[liotheca] Monasterii Amorbacensis O[rdinis] S[ancti] Benedicti, gives its probable provenance. The Benedictine abbey of Amorbach, in the diocese of Würzburg, is a Carolingian foundation and played an important role in the deforestation and evangelisation of the area during the Middle Ages. The abbey was dissolved in 1803 and its lands fell under the sovereignty of the Princes of Leiningen before being annexed to the Kingdom of Bavaria in 1816. As a consequence of these transformations, the library was dismembered and its volumes sold. The manuscript is listed by Franz Joseph Bendel in his catalogue of the Amorbach library as item number 56: a) Tractatus de Corpore Christi (1466) - b) Tractatus de apibus etc. - c) Alii tractatus ('a) Treatise on the Body of Christ - b) Treatise on bees - c) Other treatises').
A number of the treatises contained in the manuscript were written by brother Sigfrid Slimdlin: according to the colophon, for example, the first one was written near the Saint-Gotthard Massif (Switzerland) in 1466. Some of the other texts are dated and since they do not appear in strict chronological order, it is possible that the manuscript in its current state is the product of later changes; see the record of each individual text for more details on the dates.
A list of contents, probably of the 18th century, has been written in the fly-leaf. Part of a fine 12th century Psalter has been used in binding. According to a bookseller's sale entry (date unknown), the price was £1, 11 shillings and 6 pence.

Previous reference

D. b. V. 3

Previous title

Title given to the manuscript in Catherine Borland's catalogue: Tractatus Varii.


Bendel, Franz Joseph. "Die Handschriften und Inkunabeln der ehemaligen Abtei Amorbach." Studien und Mitteilungen zur Geschichte des Benediktiner-Ordens 33 (1912): 536-42; 690-705.

Physical Facet

Material: Paper.

Binding: Original. Stamped pigskin, one brass clasp gone, modern label.

Collation: a12-d12, e14, f10, g12-i12, k6 (other six cut out), l12-n12, o10, p12, q12, r6, s12, t7 = 209


20.96 cm x 14.61 cm.


Secundo folio: quando obliviscaris.
Foliation and number of lines to a page: ff. 209, different number of lines to a page.



Repository Details

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