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MS. Laud Misc. 117

Summary Catalogue no.: 1366

Augustine; West Germany, 12th century, first half


Language(s): Latin

1. (fols. 1–41v)
Augustine, Contra epistulam Parmeniani
Rubric: Incipit prologus trium librorum Sancti Augustini contra epistolam Parmeniani Donatiste
Final rubric: Explicit decentissimus et utilissimus liiber Sancti Augustini contra epistolam Parmeniani Donatiste
2. (fols. 41v-44r)
Augustine, De praesentia Dei (ep. 187) (extract, §8-§20)
Rubric: Excerptum de epistula sancti Augustini ad Dardanum
Incipit: Cum sit Christus deus et homo
Explicit: inmortalitatis essemus
3. (fols. 44v-45v)
⟨Augustine⟩, ⟨Enchiridion ad Laurentium⟩ (extracts, i.34–7, 98–99)
Rubric: (fol. 44r) De eius incarnatione
Incipit: De quo mediatore longum est
Explicit: ut uolentium de suis meritis gloriari omne os obstruatur et qui gloriatur in domino glorietur. Amen.
4. (fols. 46r-68v)
Augustine, De spiritu et littera
Rubric: Augustinus de Spiritu et littera
5. (fols. 68v-131v)
Augustine, De libero arbitrio
Rubric: Incipit liber Aurelii Augustini Ypponensis episcopi, qui appellatur, Unde malum

Bk. 2, fol. 81r; bk. 3, fol. 103v.

6. (fols. 131v-132)
Johannes Marsicanus, Letter to Anselm of Canterbury
Incipit: Nos qui ad ecclesiastici certaminis palestram inungimur Apostoli testimonio, venerabilis pater, instruimur

Pr. by A. Wilmart, 'Une lettre adressée de Rome à St Anselme en 1102,' Rev. Bén. 40 (1928), 264–5

7. (fols. 132–133v)
Emperor Henry IV, Ep. 39
Incipit: Princeps clarissime et omnium in quibus post Deum speramus amicorum nostrorum fidelissime

To Philip I of France. Pr. in Die Briefe Heinrichs IV, ed. C. Erdmann, M.G.H Deutsches Mittelalter 1 (1937) 52–58.

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment
Extent: 133 leaves
Dimensions (leaf): 259 × 168 mm.
Dimensions (written): 206 × 125 mm.


Written in 30 to 36–38 long lines.


Late Caroline minuscule, a western variant by at least three different scribes. Items 6 and 7 are added in another near contemporary hand.


Floriate initial, fol. 46r.

Coloured red initials.

Blue initial with red penwork, fol. 103v (later addition)


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


Origin: 12th century, first half (probably around 1120) ; Germany, West

Provenance and Acquisition

Identifiable as b 24 in the Eberbach library catalogue of 1502.

William Laud, 1573–1645, 1637.

Part of his third donation to the Bodleian, 1639.

Record Sources

Description adapted (October 2019) from the following sources:
Nigel F. Palmer, Zisterzienser und ihre Bücher: die mittelalterliche Bibliotheksgeschichte von Kloster Eberbach im Rheingau (Regensburg, 1998), p. 57–59, 103, 264, 288 [physical description, date, origin, provenance]
Otto Pächt and J. J. G. Alexander, Illuminated Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library, Oxford, 3 vols. (1966–1973) III, no. 1300.
H. O. Coxe, Laudian Manuscripts, Quarto Catalogues II, repr. with corrections, 1969, from the original ed. of 1858–1885 [contents, acquisition]

Digital Images

Digital Bodleian (full digital facsimile)
Digital Bodleian (1 image from 35mm slides)


Last Substantive Revision

2019-10-24: Description revised for Polonsky digitization project to include additional information from printed descriptions.