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Commentarius in librum II sententiarum petri lombardi, 1454

Identifier: MS 5


This is a manuscript from Eastern Germany or Poland, written in 1454, which contains Bonaventure's Commentary on Book II of Peter Lombard's Sentences. The major and minor text divisions are marked by one- to five-line red ink initials, with some of the larger initials having terminals ending in foliage serifs. There are running headings on verso in black and the guide letters for the decorator are visible beside or inside the initials. Some quires are supported along the inner margin by strips of parchment containing musical notation either on the inside or the outside of the quire. There is extensive marginalia in contemporary hands.


  • Creation: 1454


1 volumes

Language of Materials


Custodial History

Written in Eastern Germany or Poland, completed 18 May 1454. Ownership note along bottom margin of f. 1r: "Ex libris Matthaei Ant. Donadzki, Thorunensis ad S. Laurentium prepositi, ad S. Joannis Commendarii. Hic liber dono oblatus usui R.R. Patrum O.S. Francisci de Observentia in Conventu Thorunensis degentium. 1727." In top margin of f. 1r shelf list N.18 (crossed out) B. 4. Catalogue entry glued to inside front cover. Purchased from Maggs by Howard L. Goodhart (bookplate) in 1949.


  1. Bonaventure, Saint, Cardinal, approximately 1217-1274

Other related names

  1. Donadzki, Matthaei Ant., former owner
  2. Maggs Brothers, bookseller
  3. Goodhart, Howard Lehman, former owner
  4. Goodhart, Howard Lehman, donor

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Present by Howard L. Goodhart to the College in 1957.

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Physical Description

Several leaves removed, probably at the time of binding, leaving behind stubs of paper, but no loss of text. First eight leaves, containing index, counted as flyleaves; fol. 34 torn out leaving stub with traces of writing; no corresponding loss of text (stub has been imaged and included in folio count); number 386 repeated in foliation; number 413 skipped in foliation. Extensive marginalia in contemporary hands. Seventeenth- or eighteenth-century shelfmark in ink on upper margin of fol. 1r: "N.18. B. 4." Written by several scribes in gothic cursive above the top line. Fragments of liturgical music used as guards before fol. 1, and between fols. 476-477 and fols. 482-483.

Paper support.

Original binding of wooden boards covered in pigskin. Five metal bosses on each cover with two rectangular clasps on the upper board and leather straps on the lower. Chain attachment at bottom of lower board missing with piece of board. Gold-tooled on spine: "BONAVENTURA/ COMM/IN 2 LIB/ SENTENTIARUM/ MS./1454".

viii+495; 308 x 208 mm bound to 329 x 226 mm

Single column, thirty-one to thirty-nine lines with single vertical and horizontal bounding lines in lead; prickings for bounding lines visible in outer three margins; written area: 220 x 140 mm


Major and minor text divisions marked by one- to five-line red ink initials; larger initials with terminals ending in foliage serifs; running headings on verso, in black; guide letters for decorator visible beside or inside initials.

Contemporary foliation in ink, upper right recto

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