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MS. Laud Misc. 273

Summary Catalogue no.: 1340




Proser without music (fol. 1); temporale (fol. 10) with a 15th cent. order of the mass (fol. 91) after Holy Saturday and comprising 3 leaves of the missing part of Easter week (fol. 106–8); sanctorale (fol. 149), beginning with St. Lucia (13 Dec.); common (fol. 183) with the epistles and gospels arranged separately at the end, imperfect from the gospels of the virgins, and completed in the 15th century with votive masses and festa sanctorum locis propriis carencia (fol. 205v). The common and the additions have no musical notation. Except for Holy Saturday (fol. 87), only a few and short rubrics.

White and red leather tags, traces of folded tags (fols. 184 f.).

Language(s): Latin

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment
Extent: i + 2 + 208 + 1 + i fol.
Dimensions (leaf): 333 × 235 mm.
Foliation: 15th cent. foliation in Roman figures


Original section, 29 lines, written space 210 × 170 mm.

Additional canon, 14–15 lines, written space 205 × 162 mm.

Musical Notation:

Adiastematic, non-rhythmical neums, in the added prefaces (fol. 93v) Gothic notation on staves of 4 lines (3 black, 1 red).


Pächt and Alexander i. 124

Initial. The title page with a large capital A in red and blue

Miniatures, historiated initials, added 15th-16th centuries, fols. 97v, 98r, 103v. Under the formula of the Pax (fol. 103v) a Holy Face.

Miniatures, historiated initials, added 15th-16th centuries, fols. 97v, 98r, 103v. In the Canon two rudely painted crucifixions (fol. 97v, 98).


Origin: 13th century, first half; added decoration, 15th-16th centuries ; German, Alsace (?), possibly collegiate church of St Amarin

Provenance and Acquisition

For possible origin at St Amarin see fol. 153. The collegiate church of St. Amarin was dedicated to Sts. Preiecher and Amarinus; see also the addition on fol. 167v (Strasbourg).

William Laud; acquired by 1637.

Part of his third donation to the Bodleian, sent 28 June 1639.

Record Sources

Adapted (2018) from S. J. P. Van Dijk, Handlist of the Latin Liturgical Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library Oxford Vol. 1: Mass Books; Pächt and Alexander; and the Quarto Catalogue (H. O. Coxe, Laudian Manuscripts, Quarto Catalogues II, repr. with corrections, 1969–73, from the original ed. of 1858–1885).

Digital Images

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Last Substantive Revision

2017-07-01: First online publication.