MS. Laud Misc. 155a
Summary Catalogue no.: 473
Without the prologue.
Book I ends on fol. fol. 66r (‘Explicit omelia XII Gregorii papae’); fol. 66v is blank; Book II begins on fol. 67r.
Ruled in plummet for two columns of 40 lines (Muzerelle 2-2-22/ 0/ 2-2/ JJ). Ruled space c. 270 × 175 mm. with 25 mm. between columns.
Several pre-gothic book hands; rubrics in orange majuscules (sometimes oxidised to a silvery appearance); marginal diples shaped like ‘ss’ highlight quotations. Changes of script occur at, e.g., fol. 58r.
Large decorative initials in the inks of the main text and rubrics, usually outlined with lines of dots in the Insular manner, sometimes with rudimentary foliate or geometric ornament, occasionally with a pale yellow background wash (e.g. fol. 77r). 'Good archaizing initials' (Pächt and Alexander i. 46, pl. IV).
Laudian binding. Sewn on five bands laced into pasteboards covered with polished brown leather, each cover stamped in gilt with the arms of Archbishop Laud, with vestiges of two ties; rebacked. Several medieval fore-edge tabs made of parchment knots using MS. waste (see e.g. fol. 14r–v).
Provenance and Acquisition
Medieval shelfmark ‘.C.9.’ (fol. 1r, upper margin).
15th-cent ‘Nota’ marks, manicula, and other marginalia (e.g. fols. 51v, 101r).
William Laud, 1573–1645, with the usual inscription, here dated 1638 (fol. 1r, lower margin).
Donated to the Bodleian Library in 1641 or later (Quarto Catalogue, p. xxxix). Former Bodleian shelfmarks: ‘A. 175’ (crossed through), ‘Laud 155’ (cancelled by encircling) (inside front cover), ‘A. 175.’ (fol. 1r).
Digital Bodleian (full digital facsimile)
Last Substantive Revision
2021-05: Description revised for Polonsky German digitization project.