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MS. Laud Misc. 259

Summary Catalogue no.: 716*

Ambrose, Commentary on St. Luke's Gospel; Germany (Mainz), 9th century, first quarter or middle


(fols. 1-219v)
Ambrose, Commentary on St. Luke's Gospel
Rubric: Incipit expositio Sancti Ambrosii ad Lucae evangelium
Explicit: et plusquam quingentis fratribus ||


Language(s): Latin

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment
Extent: 219 leaves
Dimensions (leaf): 298 × 220 mm.
Dimensions (written): 224 × 150 mm.


Initials in the ink of the text.


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


Origin: 9th century, second quarter or middle ; Germany, Mainz

Provenance and Acquisition

Date and localization after Bischoff (2004), no. 3852.

Perhaps one of the manuscripts which came to Eberbach from Lorsch.

Characteristic Eberbach annotations.

Probably identifiable as b 28 in the Eberbach library catalogue of 1502.

William Laud, 1573-1645, 1638.

Part of his third donation to the Bodleian, 1639.

Record Sources

Description adapted (November 2019) from the following sources, with additional reference to published literature cited in the description:
Nigel F. Palmer, Zisterzienser und ihre Bücher: die mittelalterliche Bibliotheksgeschichte von Kloster Eberbach im Rheingau (Regensburg, 1998), pp. 98, 265, 291 [physical description, date, origin, provenance]
H. O. Coxe, Laudian Manuscripts, Quarto Catalogues II, repr. with corrections, 1969, from the original ed. of 1858-1885 [contents, acquisition]

Digital Images

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Last Substantive Revision

2019-11-01: Description revised for Polonsky digitization project to include additional information from printed descriptions.