A catalogue of Western manuscripts at the Bodleian Libraries and selected Oxford colleges

MS. Laud Misc. 257

Summary Catalogue no.: 998


Language(s): Latin

1. (fol. 1)
Bede, De templo Salomonis
Rubric: Incipit prologus Bede presbiteri in exposicionem templi Domini
2. (fol. 66v)
Haimo of Auxerre (Ps.-Haimo of Halberstadt, Ps.-Cassiodorus), Commentary on the Song of Songs
Rubric: Incipit prologus in expositione Canticum Canticorum
Incipit: Salomon inspiratus divino Spiritu
Incipit: Desiderantis vox est synagoge
3. (fol. 128)
Bruno de Segni, Commentary on Apocalypse (incomplete)
Rubric: Incipit prologus in expositione libri Apocalipsis beati Johannis Apostoli
Explicit: querite faciem ejus semper, et nomen ejus in frontibus eorum||

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment
Extent: 234 folios
Dimensions (leaf): 295 × 193 mm.
Dimensions (written): 185-190 × 115 mm.


Cistercian punctuation (partly original, partly added).


Fine initials in the style of MSS. from Messina. (P&A ii. 62, pl. VI)

Coloured initials in red, blue and green.

Accompanying Material

The front flyleaf is a reject leaf from a breviary (?) comprising Psalm 94 and a kalendar (archdiocese of Trier) for March and April; German, c. 1200.


Origin: c. 1180-90 ; Italian, Sicily

Provenance and Acquisition

Eberbach, Cistercian abbey: identifiable as H 10 in the library catalogue of 1502.

William Laud, 1573-1645, 1638.

Part of his third donation to the Bodleian, 1639.

Record Sources

Description adapted (2019) from the following sources:
Nigel F. Palmer, Zisterzienser und ihre Bücher: die mittelalterliche Bibliotheksgeschichte von Kloster Eberbach im Rheingau (Regensburg, 1998), pp. 72, 75-6, 291 [contents, physical description, date, origin, provenance]; p. 315 [= Fragm. 33; endleaf]
H. O. Coxe, Laudian Manuscripts, Quarto Catalogues II, repr. with corrections, 1969, from the original ed. of 1858-1885 [contents, endleaf]

Digital Images

Digital Bodleian (full digital facsimile)
Digital Bodleian (4 images from 35mm slides)


Last Substantive Revision

2019-02-07: Description revised for Polonsky to incorporate all information in Palmer and Quarto catalogues.