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MS. Laud Misc. 231

Summary Catalogue no.: 868

Ludolf of Saxony, Commentary on the Psalms; Germany, 15th century, beginning


(fols. 1r-281v)
Ludolf of Saxony, Commentary on the Psalms
Incipit: Sicut olim manna habuit delectamentum
Explicit: (Ps. 141:7) Intende ad deprecationem, qua malum a me depelli precor et necesse est, quia humiliatus sum nimis ||

At the end of Psalm 50 (fol. 83v) inscription: Explicit exposicio prime quinquagene Psalterii collecta a domino Ludolfo monacho, ordinis Carthusiensis, Deo Gratias.

At the end of Psalm 100 (fol. 185v) inscription: Explicit quinquagena secunda super Psalterium collecta a domino Ludolphoo monacho, ordinis Carthusiensis.

fols. 83v-84(a)v blank.

Language(s): Latin

Physical Description

Three sections (fols. 1-84a, 84b-185, 186-281), differing somewhat in layout and decoration but presumably always intended to form a single volume.
Form: codex
Support: parchment
Extent: i + 282 (really 283 as fol. 84 doubled) leaves
Dimensions (leaf): 285 × 195 mm.
Dimensions (written): 215-225 × 140-145 mm.


Written in 2 columns, 32-50 lines, varying above and below top line.



Lemmata in textualis in some sections.


Decorated initial in red and blue on fol. 84(b)r.

Red and blue capitals.

Space left for initial, fol. 186r.


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



Origin: 15th century ; German

Provenance and Acquisition

William Laud, 1573-1645, 1638.

Part of his third donation to the Bodleian, 1639.

Record Sources

Description adapted by Tuija Ainonen and Matthew Holford (February 2020) from the following source (with additional physical description and revised dating):
H. O. Coxe, Laudian Manuscripts, Quarto Catalogues II, repr. with corrections, 1969, from the original ed. of 1858-1885 [contents, acquisition, origin]

Digital Images

Digital Bodleian (full digital facsimile)


Last Substantive Revision

2020-02-19: Description revised for Polonsky digitization project to include additional information from printed descriptions.