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

MS. Laud Misc. 285

Summary Catalogue no.: 1251


Bernard of Clairvaux, Sermones super Cantica canticorum,


Language(s): Latin

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment


Pächt and Alexander iii. 347:

Good initial.


Origin: 13th century, beginning ; English

Provenance and Acquisition

Newstead, Nottinghamshire, Augustinian priory of St Mary the Virgin (?): Bodleian, Laud Misc. 428 and Laud Misc. 285 may have belonged to Newstead, Lincs., or more probably, Newstead, Notts., since they came to Laud from William le Neve, like Laud Lat. 34 (q.v.). Initial P very like that in Laud Misc. 428. Both MSS. in 2 cols., of 29 leaves. (MLGB3: evidence from the style of script or illumination).

Le Neve. Laudian date 1639 on a leaf supplied, s. xvii (in Laud Misc. 428 it is on the same leaf as the Newstead inscr.). (MLGB3)

Record Sources

Summary description abbreviated from the Quarto Catalogue (H. O. Coxe, Laudian Manuscripts, Quarto Catalogues II, repr. with corrections, 1969, from the original ed. of 1858–1885). Decoration, localization and date follow Pächt and Alexander (1973).


Last Substantive Revision

2021-12-14: Add provenance information from MLGB3.