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MS 112: Composite manuscript containing twenty-two texts, 1457

Identifier: MS 112


This manuscript was created in Erfurt, Germany, in 1457. It contains a variety of theological tracts. The contents are as follows:

ff. 1r-91v: Tractatus de declaratione difficilium terminum et nominum in Theologia, Philosophia, Logica by Armand of Belvézer

ff. 91v-96v: Tabula secundum ordinem alphabeti super summam precedentem

f. 96v: Unidentified text added in blank space after previous

ff. 97r-119r: Table on Francis of Mayrone's commentary on the first book of the Sententiae, also called Conflatus

ff. 119r-120v: text on the prologue to Speculum Historiale (Mirror of History) by Vincent of Beauvais, sometimes known as Vincentius Bellovacensis or Vincentius Burgundus

ff. 121r-160v: Quatuor libri sententiarum sed hie sunt abbreviati

ff. 160v-174v: Passio Domini Jhesu ex quatuor evangelistis compilata

ff. 174v-176v: Questio utrum de preceptis dei ab homine possit fieri dispensatio

ff. 176v-180v: Tractatus primus de quibusdam inducentibus amore sapientie

ff. 181r-258r: Compendium Theologice Veritatis by Hugh Ripelin of Strasburg, also called Hugo Argentinensis, previously wrongly attributed to Thomas Aquinas

ff. 258r-270r: Soliloquies by Augustine of Hippo

ff. 270r-272r: Speculum Trinitatis (possibly De manuali verbo dei) by Augustine of Hippo

ff. 272r-275r: De Salute Anime by Augustine of Hippo

ff. 275r-278v: Speculum Sacerdotum

ff. 278v-279v: Liber de honestate mulierum by Augustine of Hippo

ff. 279v-281v: Potentia Dei by Hugh of Saint Victor

ff. 282r-314r: Commentary and text of Floretus

ff. 314r-320v: Tabula for the previous

ff. 320v-323v: Speculum Amatorum Mundi, also known as Speculum Peccatorum de Contemptu Mundi, by Bernardino of Siena

ff. 323v-324r: Quia ergo spiritualis vultus cogitacione

f. 324r: De Judiciis Astrorum by Thomas Aquinas

ff. 324v-325r: De Motu Cordis by St Thomas Aquinas


There are a variety of hands, all fair. The signed treatises and all the others by this scribe are well written. Titles have been added by another hand a little later. The only ornament consists of plain red capitals.


  • Creation: 1457

Language of Materials


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 book evidently belonged to Erfurt. The titles of the treatises have been added soon after the book was written by a monk of Erfurt, as he twice refers to copies of the same treatises in nostra libraria Erfordiae (f. 97r); in nostra libraria; with press-marks. The full inscription on f. 97r reads: intutulatus scriptum Maronis in primo sentenciarum Et reperitur sub litera Exi in nostra libraria Erffordie. According to Neil Ker, this note refers to Exi in the library of the Carthusians (Mittelaltenliche Bibliothek Katologue Deutschland und der Schweiz, ii. p. 329). MS 112 itself is '7primo’ in the same catalogue (p.328). This means the manuscript comes from the Carthusian Charterhouse of St Salvador, in Erfurt.

Three of the treatises are initialled by the scribe whose initials are G. B. de S. in L. and dated 1457. Item numbers 3 (partly), 5, 6, 7, 9, 10, n, 12, 13, 14 are written by him. A Sale Catalogue entry (date unknown) gives the price of the manuscript as £1, 11s. 6d.

Previous reference

D. b. I. 13.

Previous title

Title given to the manuscript in Catherine Borland’s catalogue: Tractatus Varii Theologici


G. E. Mohan, 'INITIA OPERUM FRANCISCALIUM (XIII-XV S.) I-Q', Franciscan Studies 37 (1977): 178-375. See p. 182.
Paul J. G. Lehman, Mittelalterliche Bibliothekskataloge Deutschlands und der Schweiz, vol. 2, (München: C.H. Beck, 1918-), p. 328, E7primo.

Physical Facet

Material: Paper

Binding: Original, oak boards covered stamped leather, brass corners and clasps (the latter gone), 4 bosses on either side (lost). The stamps include the figure of Saint Paul and some scrolls, stating help got and hanc du [...]. Title on the spine, in gold letters: 'ARMANDUS DE DECLARATIONE HUGO DE ST. VICTOR DE POTENTIA DEI. HUGO COMPENDIUM THEOLOGIA'.

Collation: a12-y12, z16, A12- C12, D9=325.


30.48 cm x 21.59 cm


Secundo folio: qui reus inveniatis

Foliation and number of lines to a page: ff. 325, double columns of varying length

Repository Details

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