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MS. Laud Misc. 250

Summary Catalogue no.: 1309

A Gregory the Great, Homilies; Germany, s. xiv2/4; B Cassian, Collations; Germany (Eberbach) s. xii3/4

Physical Description

This description is abbreviated from Daniela Mairhofer, Medieval Manuscripts from the Mainz Charterhouse in the Bodleian Library, Oxford: A Descriptive Catalogue (Oxford, 2018), pp. 773-780. For purposes of scholarly citation, reference to the printed catalogue is requested.
Composite: fols. 1b-77 || fols. 78-183
Form: codex
Support: parchment
Extent: 1+ 183 + i (17th century) leaves
Foliation: 1–184, the first two leaves foliated ‘1a’ and ‘1b

Binding

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

History

Provenance and Acquisition

The manuscript consists of two parts, one from the Mainz Charterhouse, the other from Eberbach abbey; consolidated (together with the front flyleaf, a fragment) in the course of the Laudian binding, in the late 1630s.

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

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

MS. Laud Misc. 250 - Part A (fols. 1b-77)

Contents

Language(s): Latin

1.

Fol. 1a, see below, Endleaf

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: Parchment
Dimensions (leaf): c. 266–72 × 189–96 mm.

Layout

Ruling in ink, two columns of 44 lines. Ruled space c. 204–11 × 134–37 mm.

Hand(s)

German textualis by a single hand.

Corrections and marginal annotations, mainly by hands of s. xivex & s. xv, some of which are clearly from the Mainz Charterhouse.

Decoration

Red rubrics, majuscules stroked in red.

History

Origin: Germany; s. xiv2/4

Provenance

Mainz, Charterhouse St Michael: the 15th-century ex-libris inscriptions (upper margin of fol. 1br, and, in the same hand, fol. 76v).

MS. Laud Misc. 250 - Part B (fols. 78-183)

Contents

Language(s): Latin

(fol. 78r)

blank, except for a title of s. xii/xiii (?)

(fols. 78v-183v)
John Cassian, Collationes

Part 2 (nos. 11-17) is MS. Laud Misc. 230.

(fol. 78v)
Preface
(fol. 79v-91r)
Coll. 1
(fols. 91v-102r)
Coll. 2
(fols. 102v–112r)
Coll. 3
(fols. 112v–121r)
Coll. 6
(fols. 121v–133v)
Coll. 7

Fol. 134r blank.

(fols. 135r–146r)
Coll. 9
(fols. 146v–154r)
Coll. 10

Fol. 154v blank.

(fols. 155r–163r)
Coll. 4
(fols. 163v–174r)
Coll. 5
(fols. 174r–183v)
Coll. 8

The text breaks off shortly before the end of coll. 8.

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment
Dimensions (leaf): c. 282–93 × 180–98 mm.

Layout

Ruling in lead point, mostly one column of hand B1) 32, B2) 32–35 lines. Ruled space hand B1) c. 213–21 × 142–46 mm. Ruled space hand B2) c. 208–17 × 125–28 mm.

Hand(s)

Protogothic script, mainly by two Cistercian hands, from Eberbach, above top line: B1) (fols. 78v–133v; 155r–183r) the hand is occasionally interrupted; B2) (fols. 134va–154r) smaller script.

Decoration

To the preface and each collatio red initials of three to ten lines, mostly with split body and minimal decoration; to each chapter one- to five-line initials in red.

Scribal red rubrics.

History

Origin: s. xii3/4 ; Germany, Eberbach abbey

Provenance

The present book formed together with MS. Oxford, Bodl., Laud Misc. 230 (178 fols), which contains Collationes 11–24, a Cassian volume; both copies were written at Eberbach; they do not share hands (cf. Palmer, Zisterzienser, 64), but presumably were corrected in the same hand, using black ink. Both parts likely once formed e 10–11 in the library catalogue of 1502 (Palmer, Zisterzienser, 64, 166, 270 & 291).

MS. Laud Misc. 250 - endleaf (fol. 1a)

Contents

Language(s): Latin

(fols. 1ar–v)
Computistic calendar

Fragment, January on the recto, February on the verso.

A waste leaf, hooked around the first quire, the stub between quires i/ii. The lower part of the leaf affected by trimming, with text loss; a large blank upper margin.

Language(s): Latin

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment
Extent: One folio, trimmed
Dimensions (leaf): c. 265–76 × 192–95 mm.

Layout

Ruling in the ink of the text, several columns, 29/30 lines preserved.

Hand(s)

Textualis formata by one hand.

History

Origin: 14th century ; Germany

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)

Bibliography

Last Substantive Revision

2020-09-21: Description revised for Polonsky digitization project to include additional information from Mairhofer catalogue.