Fols. 1 and 217: A document which was used as flyleaves for the manuscript. See
(Small fragments removed from the bindings are now kept in a cardboard cover placed
before fol. 1. The fragments contain, for example, a section of a prayer in
217 folios 15cm × 21cm (10-11cm × 17cm)
Modern foliation in pencil (occasionally in ink).
Quire signatures (i–xviii) throughout the entire manuscript marked on
the verso side of the last leaf in a quire. The quire signatures suggest, the
two booklets forming the manuscript were combined shortly after
Fols. 26 and 27 are pasted to a guard in the gutter. One (blank) leaf
excised after fol. 167. Fol. 217 is loose.
The manuscript is in good
One column with vertical and horizontal bounding lines
(prickings visible in upper, outer and lower margins), a varying number of lines,
Two contemporary main hands writing gothic cursive scripts. The first hand wrote
Expliciunt excerpta sentenciarum anno domini M ccc lxxxiiij
'; the second hand is responsible for fols.
Simple pen-drawn intials in black or red; often the initials are not drawn and the
spaces for them still blank with guide-letters nearby. Rubrics, punctuation,
highlighting and underlining in red.
Blind-stamped dark brown calf over wooden boards. The front cover has roll-frames
and the ownership marking noted above. The back cover has blind-tooled diamonds, and
a stamped invocation ‘iesu’. Five wooden bosses on the front board and four on the
back. Both boards show remnants of a strap and pin attaching to the middle of the
On the back board title-label on paper under horn, fixed by a frame of copper.
Below the index on the bottom of the label a shelf-mark in red, ‘K 14
’. Below and next to the frames in black ink, another
shelf-mark 'L primus vij'.
: ‘Ligatus est
iste liber Anno sub domini 1389 Vigilia F---’. That the binding was done in
, where the book was purchased, is
suggested by the front and back flyleaves, which are from a document mentioning
near Prague. Blind-tooled on front cover:
petri de vel
The manuscript is a compilation of spiritual and theological texts written,
in all likelihood, in
. It is the work of two scribes, the first of whom dated
his work to
. Since the binding is dated
, the second scribe must have
completed his work by then. Although written by two different scribes, the rather
homogeneous contents as well as quire signatures found throughout the manuscript
indicate that the parts were designed to be together from the start.
The manuscript was purchased by
, a priest from
(probably during his studies
): ‘liber thørneri andree emptus praghe pro duobus ducatis’ (fol.