MS. Laud Misc. 146
Summary Catalogue no.: 1146
Theological and philosophical texts by William of Auvergne, Simon de Cassia, Konrad von Dryburg, and Heinrich von Langenstein. Germany, 15th century, first half
Chapters 1–18 as far as fol. 15r, col. a, line 14 from the bottom pr. in Guilielmi Alverni episcopi Parisiensis … opera omnia … (1674), i, pp. 570–92, with the longer version of chapter 18 as pr. in ibid., ii, pt 2 (a Supplement, with separate pagination), pp. 229–31. The present MS. therefore seems to be a sort of hybrid between the MSS. as originally known to the editor, and a MS. of all 26 chapters (with chapters 18–26 as pr. in the Supplement).Bloomfield, Virtues & Vices, no. 5371, citing the present MS. P. Glorieux, ‘Le Tractatus novus de Poenitentia de Guillaume d’Auvergne’, Miscellanea moralia in honorem eximii domini Arthur Jansen, Universitatis Catholicae in oppido Lovaniensi professoris [Louvain, 1948/9], pp. 551–65. Included among 17 MSS. listed by J. R. Ottman, ‘List of manuscripts and editions’, Autour de Guillaume d’Auvergne (+1249), ed. by F. Morenzoni and J.-Y. Tilliette (Turnhout, 2005), pp. 375–99 at 385.
One rubric is in German: ‘von den holden’ (fol. 59r)Pr. 1674, i, at pp. 1015–74. Among 44 MSS. listed by Ottman, op. cit., at p. 387. Glorieux, Faculté des arts, no. 148w, citing the present MS.
Capitula list for the preceding text
Not included in the pr. ed. or other MSS., presumably because the contents are already summarised in the preface (pr. ed. p. 1015; this MS. fol. 25r).
Frame-ruled in plummet for 2 columns; ruled space 265 × 180 mm. with 17 mm. between columns.
Scribe A, c. 57 lines
Scribe B, c. 51-2 lines
Scribe B, c. 41-3 lines
Scribe D, c. 44-5 lines.
Cursive, by four scribes: A fols. 1r-16r; B fols. 16v-51r; C fols. 51r-118v; D fols. 119r-163v. The last signs as Johannes de Attendern (fol. 163v) (i.e. Attendorn, Westphalia?; perhaps to be identified with ‘Johannes de Attendern clericus Coloniensis’ who signed and dated Munich, BSB, Clm 3821 in 1416 at Konstanz: see N. Palmer, Zistercienser und ihre Bücher (1998), p. 289; Colophons, no. 8592).
One large puzzle initial in a white metal (now oxidised) edged with red, and blue, with penwork in red and a gray-green (fol. 1r); others smaller, and with less metal (fols. 16v, 25r), one without penwork (fol. 65v).
One initial in the form of a fish with its head nearly cut off, a spear in its mouth (fol. 119r).
One pen-drawn initial in the form of a biting dragon (fol. 140v).
Other initials in plain red, 2 to 4 lines high.
Some cadels with human heads e.g. fols. 15v.
One marginal diagram of an isosceles or equilateral triangle with sides of different length (fol. 105v).
Laudian binding. Sewn on six bands laced into pasteboards covered with brown leather, each cover stamped in gilt with the arms of Archbishop Laud; traces of two ties; the spine renewed.
The endleaves (fols. iii, 164) are formed of two parts of a large document in Latin of the first half of the 15th century, erased and largely illegible.
Provenance and Acquisition
Eberbach, Cistercian Abbey of the Virgin Mary, with their 15th-century ownership inscription, ‘Liber Sancte Marie virginis in Eburbach’ (fol. iii verso); in their 1502 library catalogue as H 20 (‘Tractatus divinalis wilhelmi parisiensis … Initium Secunda tabula post naufragium etc.’) (Palmer, op. cit., p. 240).
Archbishop William Laud (1573–1645), with the usual inscription, here dated 1638 (fol. 1r) and binding; inscribed ‘8’ (fols. iiir, 1r).
Part of his third donation to the Bodleian, 1639. Former Bodleian shelfmarks: ‘F. 109.’ (inside front cover, fol. iii verso) and ‘Laud 146’ (inside front cover).
Last Substantive Revision
2021-06-25: Description fully revised for Polonsky German digitization project.