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

MS. Laud Misc. 290

Summary Catalogue no.: 1333


(fols. '1–2'ra - 111vb)
Jerome, Commentary on Isaiah (bks. 1–8)
Language(s): Latin
(fols. 111vb-112ra)
Verses on simony
Incipit: Signat musi petri uarii narramina metri
Explicit: Ergo ferat seuas iudas cum symone penas

WIC 18195, here 65 lines. Contemporary addition.

(fol. 112rb)
Prayer to the Virgin
Incipit: ⟨A⟩ue maria a deo preelecta ianua celi ortus benedictionis
Explicit: mundissimum habitaculum dei

Contemporary addition.

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment
Extent: 112 + i folios
Dimensions (leaf): 349 × 233 mm.
Dimensions (written): 268 × 180 mm.
Foliation: '1–2' (one folio), 3–95, 96a, 96b, 97–113


Red 'silhouette' initials.


Laudian binding.


Origin: 13th century, beginning ; German, Eberbach, Cistercian abbey (?)

Provenance and Acquisition

‘Possibly’ from the Eberbach scriptorium (Palmer).

Characteristic Eberbach annotations.

Identifiable as a 32 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, with additional description of fol. 112:
Nigel F. Palmer, Zisterzienser und ihre Bücher: die mittelalterliche Bibliotheksgeschichte von Kloster Eberbach im Rheingau (Regensburg, 1998), pp. 102, 293 [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]

Digital Images

Digital Bodleian (full digital facsimile)


Last Substantive Revision

2019-07-09: Description revised for Polonsky German.