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MS. Laud Misc. 281

Summary Catalogue no.: 980

Philippus de Monte Calerio, Dominicale; Paris, 1340-1


Language(s): Latin

(fols. 1r-229v)
Philippus de Monte Calerio, Postilla super Evangelia Dominicalia
Rubric: Incipit postilla super Evangelia Dominicalia edita a fratre Philippo de Monte Calerio ordinis fratrum Minorum tunc lectore in Padua.
Colophon: Explicit scriptum parisius anno domini millesimo tricentesimo quadragesimo.

Fols. 123v-124v blank.

(fols. 229v-235v)

Tabulae to the work, with prologue

Incipit: (prologue) Posui tabulas in archa qua feceram Deut. 10. ⟨5⟩ Quoniam sint in libris necessarie et vtiles tabule
(fols. 229v-230r)
Tabula of sermons
Final rubric: Explicit tabula prima que continet titulos euangeliorum
(fols. 230r-235v)
Alphabetical index, Abraham-Zizanie
Incipit: Abraham significat matrem ecclesiam 62. pars 3.

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment
Extent: 235 leaves
Dimensions (leaf): 310 × 220 mm.
Dimensions (written): 223 × 158 mm.


2 cols., 60-1 lines


Two hands, (1) fols. 1r-123b and 184r-235v, (2) fols. 125r-183v. (Palmer, p. 114)


Fine borders with dogs, birds and rabbits (fols. 1r, 184r)

Historiated initial, fol. 1r.

Initial (f. 184r).

Related to the style and the script of the Durandus written by the English scribe William of Kirkby in Paris in 1336, now Princeton, Garrett MS. 83.

Fleuronnée initials. .


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


Origin: 1340-1 ; French, Paris

Provenance and Acquisition

Written in Paris in 1340-1: colophons, fols. 183v, 229v; style of decoration. The volume is in three sections (fols. 1-123, 125-83, 183-235), the first and last covered by the colophon on fol. 229v, the second by the colophon on 183v.

Written for the abbey of Eberbach at the expense of William, monk of the Abbey, colophon, f. 183v: Anno domini mo cococo xlio. Liber iste scriptus et completus est ob reuerenciam et honorem intemerate virginis Marie. necnon monasterij Ebirbacensis. ac monachorum inibi commorancium vtilitatem euidentem mediantibus laboribus et expensis fratris wilhelmi dicti monasterii monachi ac professi. scolaris. parisiensis. sub annis dominice incarnacionis supra scriptis In nomine patris et filii et spiritus sancti: Amen: Qui me scribebat (id est scribi procurabat) Wilhelmus nomen habebat.

Identifiable as Y 3 in the Eberbach library catalogue of 1502.

William Laud, 1573-1645, 1638.

Part of his third donation to the Bodleian, 1638.

Record Sources

Description adapted (October 2019) from the following sources (with additional description of fols. 229v-235v):
Nigel F. Palmer, Zisterzienser und ihre Bücher: die mittelalterliche Bibliotheksgeschichte von Kloster Eberbach im Rheingau (Regensburg, 1998), p. 114, 256, 292 [physical description, decoration, hand, provenance]
A. G. Watson, Catalogue of Dated and Datable Manuscripts c.435-1600 in Oxford Libraries (Oxford, 1984), no. 601 [physical description]
Otto Pächt and J. J. G. Alexander, Illuminated Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library Oxford, 3 vols. (1966-1973) I, no. 590. [decoration, localization and date]
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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Digital Bodleian (2 images from 35mm slides)


Last Substantive Revision

2019-10-03: Description revised for Polonsky digitization project to include additional information from printed descriptions.