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MS. Laud Misc. 287

Summary Catalogue no.: 1247


(fol. 1r)

Blank except for later ex libris inscriptions, and four verses on Origen attributed to Hugh of St Victor, Didascalicon (added 14th century, second half or early fifteenth century):

Incipit: Sidus doctorum librorum laude suorum | Preclaros iuuenes doctosque seues Origenes
(fols. 1v-140r)
Origen, Commentary on Romans (tr. Rufinus )

Followed by Rufinus's Praefatio ad Heraclium. Followed by a fragmentary Greek alphabet ('alfa' to ⟨theta⟩).

Language(s): Latin

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment
Extent: ii + 140 + ii folios
Dimensions (leaf): 333 × 230 mm.
Dimensions (written): 240 × 150 mm.
Foliation: i-ii, 1-140, 141-142.


Red silhouette and floral initials in green or yellow ground. Red silhouette initials. Probably by the same hand as MS. Laud Misc. 222 (cf. also MS. Laud Misc. 236) and London, British Library, Arundel MS. 245.


Laudian binding, rebacked.


Origin: 13th century, first half or middle ; German, Eberbach, Cistercian abbey (?)

Provenance and Acquisition

‘Probably’ from the Eberbach scriptorium (Palmer).

Eberbach ex libris (fols. 1r, 140v), by a hand identifiable also in Giessen, Universitätsbibliothek, Hss. 624, 674, 676, 680, 720, 730, 731.

Probably identifiable as e 6 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 (July 2019) from the following sources:
Nigel F. Palmer, Zisterzienser und ihre Bücher: die mittelalterliche Bibliotheksgeschichte von Kloster Eberbach im Rheingau (Regensburg, 1998), pp. 291, 315 (no. 34) [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]

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