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MS. Laud Misc. 272

Summary Catalogue no.: 1325

Bernard of Clairvaux, Sermones super Cantica Canticorum; Germany, 12th century, middle


(fols. 1r-84v)
Bernard of Clairvaux, Sermones super Cantica Canticorum (i-xlix)
Rubric: Incipiunt ⟨se⟩rmones domini ⟨Be⟩rnhardi abbatis ⟨Clar⟩euallensis ⟨super C⟩antica Canticorum (mutilated)
Explicit: Absit ut inueniatur expers salutis imitator Domini nostri Ihesu Christi qui est benedictus in secula.
Language(s): Latin

Physical Description

Secundo Folio: ⟨confi⟩tebitur tibi
Form: codex
Support: parchment
Extent: i + 84 + i leaves, foliated i, 1-85
Dimensions (leaf): 320 × 205 mm.
Dimensions (written): 245-250 × 155-160 mm.


Written in 2 columns, 38-39 lines.


7- to 2-line decorated initials with floriate and (occasionally) bird motifs. Some cut out.


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


Origin: 12th century, middle ; German

Provenance and Acquisition

Cistercian abbey of Engelszell: inscription 'Liber sancte marie virginis in Cella Angelorum' (fol. 84v), 14th or 15th century.

William Laud, 1573-1645, 1638.

Part of his third donation to the Bodleian, 1639.

Record Sources

Description adapted (May 2020) from the following sources, with additional physical description:
Otto Pächt and J. J. G. Alexander, Illuminated Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library Oxford, 3 vols. (1966-1973) I, no. 71 [decoration, localization, date]
H. O. Coxe, Laudian Manuscripts, Quarto Catalogues II, repr. with corrections, 1969, from the original ed. of 1858-1885 [contents, acquisition]

Digital Images

Digital Bodleian (full digital facsimile)


Last Substantive Revision

2020-08-24: Description finalized for Polonsky German project