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MS. Laud Misc. 142

Summary Catalogue no.: 1025

(Ps.-)Augustine, opera varia. Northern France, s. xiv1


This description is abbreviated from Daniela Mairhofer, Medieval Manuscripts from the Mainz Charterhouse in the Bodleian Library, Oxford: A Descriptive Catalogue (Oxford, 2018), pp. 390–397. For purposes of scholarly citation, reference to the printed catalogue is requested.

1. (fol. ii recto–verso)

For item 1, see description below

Language(s): Latin
2. (fols. 1r–16r)
Augustine, De vera religione
Language(s): Latin
3. (fols. 16r–18r)
Augustine, Sermo de decem chordis (serm. 9) (abbreviation)
Language(s): Latin
4. (fols. 18r-24v)
Augustine, De haeresibus (incomplete)
Language(s): Latin
5. (fols. 25r–51r)
Augustine, De diversis quaestionibus lxxxiii (incomplete)
Language(s): Latin
Ed. A. Mutzenbecher, CCSL 44A (1975) 11–249, citing the present MS. at p. liii, no. 67 (group ‘L’).
6. (fols. 51r–57v)
Ps.-Augustine, Dialogus quaestionum lxv
Language(s): Latin
7. (fols. 57v–75r)
Augustine, Enchiridion
Language(s): Latin
8. (fols. 75r–86r)
Augustine, Soliloquia
Language(s): Latin

Physical Description

Secundo Folio: coniecturas et
Form: codex
Support: parchment
Extent: i (17th-cent.) + 87 leaves
Dimensions (leaf): c.315–36 × 238–45 mm.
Foliation: i–ii, 1–86
Foliation: Contemporary foliation: judging by the ink, at least in part inserted by the corrector, ‘Sy.’: 1–24 & 169–229 in arabic numerals, often in between two dots or with a dot to the right, preserved on most rectos at the top right corner; sometimes only faint traces of ink visible. Between fols. 24/25 (foliated ‘.24.’ or ‘.169.’ respectively), that is between quires ii & iii, loss of several quires (presumably 12 sexternios), which contained the rest of De haeresibus (item 4) and presumably further works of Augustine.


Ruling in lead point, two columns of 49 or 50 lines. Ruled space c.227–33 × 152–60 mm.


Northern French textualis formata (textus rotundus) by a single hand.

Corrections and annotations in the text hand, in contemporary and late 14th- to 15th-cent. hands, some of which may be Carthusian, from Mainz.


Fleuronnée initials.

Red rubrics, occasionally red underlining.


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


Origin: Northern France; s. xivin (Judging by parchment, script and style.)

Provenance and Acquisition

The original volume was much larger: several quires (presumably 12 sexternios) between fols 24 & 25 (quires ii & iii) were lost along the way, some time after the book was produced (see the contemporary foliation) and before the late 14th-cent. list of contents (edited below) was inserted. Furthermore, the sequence of items in the table of contents suggests that four items are missing at the end; item 8, however, ends at fol. 86ra, l. 14, the rest of the recto and verso being blank and the lines unruled; there is no catchword at the end of the last quire. The items missing at the end might therefore have formed part of a different, now untraced, fascicle, which had become detached at some point.

Mainz, Charterhouse St Michael: Late 14th-cent. ex-libris inscription at the upper margin of fol. 1r; Table of contents in the lower margin of fol. 1r, in a hand of s. xivex from the Mainz Charterhouse. Identifiable as C II P in cat. ii.

William Laud, 1573–1645: his ex libris, 1638, fol. 1r.

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

MS. Laud Misc. 142 - front flyleaf


(fol. ii recto–verso)
Canon Law (unidentified)
Incipit: ||tenor litterarum. Consanguinei. Cum oli. Cum inter uos. Causam que. Quod ad consultationem
Explicit: uobis iudicibus
Incipit: (marg.) De appellationibus recusationibus et relationibus uel prouocationibus – [V]idimus de sentenciis Sed quoniam sententie sepe per appellationem releuantur. conuenienter hic subicitur
Explicit: quia omnia nostra facimus quibus auctoritatem impartimur. ut||

cf. Justinian, Codex,

Language(s): Latin

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: Parchment
Dimensions (leaf): c.328 × 235–40 mm.


Written on both sides, in two columns of 51 line. Ruling invisible. c.257–60 × 175–85 mm.


Small French textualis by a single hand.


Rubrication planned, but not provided.


Origin: (Southern?) France; s. xiii2

Additional Information

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)


    Published descriptions:

    Daniela Mairhofer, Medieval Manuscripts from the Mainz Charterhouse in the Bodleian Library, Oxford: A Descriptive Catalogue, 2 vols. (Oxford, 2018), pp. 390–397

Last Substantive Revision

2023-01-24: Description revised for Mainz digitization project to include additional information from Mairhofer catalogue.