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Composite volume containing eighteen texts, printed and manuscript, late 15th century, 1490

Identifier: MS 210

Scope and Contents

This volume of German origin is partly printed, partly manuscript. Both the printed and manuscript parts date from the very late 15th century, around 1490. It contains mostly grammatical and rhetorical treatises.

f. 1r: table of contents (contemporary) [MANUSCRIPT].

ff. 2r-43v: Modus Latinitatis by Ulricus Ebrardi [PRINTED].

ff. 44r-127v: Formule Epistolarum domini Karoli by Karolus Mennicken [PRINTED].

ff. 128r-187r: Rethorica Poncij ; Copia latinitatis ; Epistole Bruti & Cratis ; De arte notariatus by Poncius of Provence [PRINTED].

ff. 188r-203v: Dialogus parvulis scholaribus ad latinum idioma perutilissimus by Paul Niavis [MANUSCRIPT].

f. 204r: list of Latin words [MANUSCRIPT].

ff. 205r-233r: Manuale scolarium, by an unknown author [MANUSCRIPT].

ff. 233r-243v: copies of documents, mostly of officials of the monasteries of Roggenburg and Allerheiligen in Schwarzwald [MANUSCRIPT].

f. 244r-251v: Epistola de miseria curatorum, by an unknown author [MANUSCRIPT].

ff. 254r-267v: Grammatical treatises by Andreas Gutterius Cerasianus [MANUSCRIPT].

ff. 268r-275v: Tractatus de arte loquendi et tacendi by Albertanus of Brescia [PRINTED]

ff. 276r-277v: unidentified text starting with 'Salutes plurimas quas non...' [MANUSCRIPT].

The texts are described separately, in their respective sub-entries.


The manuscript parts were written for the most part by one hand. There are manuscript annotations on the printed texts, and beginning of sentences have been highlighted in red ink.


  • Creation: late 15th century
  • Creation: 1490

Language of Materials

Latin and 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 volume

Custodial History

These treatises have been bound together in the 15th century, and the manuscript parts added for the most part by one hand about 1490. The Tabula on f. 1r is by this hand also, possibly that of George Herman [?], a monk from Schwarzwald, as explained in the colophon on f. 261r: '... collecta per me Georgium Herman in monasterio omnium sanctorum nigre silve, 6to iduum maii 1490 ('gathered by me Georg Herman in All Saints' monastery in the Black Forest, on the 6th of the ides of May 1490'). Georg Herman Georg Herman was a canon of the Premonstratensian abbey of S. Maria in Roggenburg (see colophon, f. 233r.) who worked on the manuscript while at All Saints' abbey in Schwarzwald; he may perhaps be Georg Ehrmann, who was abbot of Roggenburg, 1543-54.

The name of a possible later owner occurs twice : on f. 187v, F. Jacobus Holtzwart Manningensis, and on f. 3r, F. Jacobus Holtzwart me manu suo habet. It was potentially the same Jacob Holtzwart who was schoolmaster at Roggenburg in 1530. 'Manningensis' may be a deformation of Memmingensis, Memmingen being a town nearby Roggenburg.

On f. 3r there is also a modern stamp, Dem Kloster Roggenburg, which possibly refers to a monastery of this name in Swabia. From a sale entry we learn that its price in 'original wood boards' was 10s. 6d.

The words Reid Bequest printed on the front and back of the binding, followed by a crest and the writing College Library Edinburgh, indicate that the book has been acquired by the library thanks to the Reid Bequest.

Alternative reference


Previous title

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

Physical Facet

Material: paper.

Binding: modern.


21.70 cm x 15.50 cm


Foliation and number of lines to a page: ff. 277, irregular number of lines to a page.

Repository Details

Part of the University of Edinburgh Library Heritage Collections Repository

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