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MS. Laud Misc. 10

Summary Catalogue no.: 508

Carthusian statutes; Germany, s. xivex/xvin


Language(s): Latin

This description is abbreviated from Daniela Mairhofer, Medieval Manuscripts from the Mainz Charterhouse in the Bodleian Library, Oxford: A Descriptive Catalogue (Oxford, 2018), pp. 201-205. For purposes of scholarly citation, reference to the printed catalogue is requested.

1. (fols. 1r-2r)
De libris incipiendis in ecclesia pro lectionibus
Language(s): Latin
2. (fols. 3r-124v)
Statuta antiqua ordinis Carthusiensis
(fols. 3r-64r)
Part 1, with table of chapters
(fols. 64v-115v)
Part 2, with table of chapters
(fols. 116r-124v)
Part 3, with table of chapters

Imperfect, ends abruptly in cap. 12.

Pr. Basel, 1510.

Fol. 125rv blank.

3. (fols. 126r-165r)
Statuta nova ordinis Carthusiensis
(fol. 126r)
(fols. 126v-140v)
Part 1, with table of chapters
(fols. 140v-159v)
Part 2, with table of chapters
(fols. 159v-165r)
Part 3, with table of chapters

Pr. Basel 1510.

4. (fol. 165v)
Modus legendi

An excerpt from the Charta of the General Chapter of the Carthusian Order (1410).

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment
Extent: 2 + 165 leaves
Dimensions (leaf): c. 140–43 × 95–100 mm.
Foliation: i-ii, 1–165


Ruling for fols. 1r-2v: in ink, two columns of 23–30 unruled lines. Ruled space c. 110–12 × 76–78 mm.

Ruling for fols. 3r ff.: Ruling patterns change with hands: ruled in ink or lead point, one column of 24–31, occasionally unruled, lines. Ruled space c. 102–14 × 62–72 mm.


Textualis and bastarda, likely Mainz Charterhouse, s. xivex/xvin, by several hands.


One- to seven-line initials in red, some decorated with fleuronnée.

Red rubrics, paraphs, cancellation, and underlining; occasional framing of catchwords or marginalia; some majuscules highlighted in red, maniculae in red.


Brown tanned calf over laminated pulpboard for Abp. Laud, 1637–1639.


Origin: s. xivex/xvin ; German, possibly Mainz, Mainz Charterhouse

Provenance and Acquisition

Mainz, Charterhouse St Michael: there is no ex-libris inscription; contents and paleographical features however, suggest Charterhouse provenance; see also the marginal annotations on fols 22v & 24v, which refer to the Mainz Charterhouse.

William Laud, 1573–1645: his ex libris, 1638, fol. 2r.

Given to the Bodleian as part of his third donation, dispatched on 28 June 1639.

Record Sources

See above. Previously described in the Quarto Catalogue (H. O. Coxe, Laudian Manuscripts, Quarto Catalogues II, repr. with corrections, 1969, from the original ed. of 1858–1885).

Digital Images

Digital Bodleian (full digital facsimile)


Last Substantive Revision

2020-09-15: Description revised for Polonsky digitization project to include additional information from Mairhofer catalogue.