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MS. Laud Misc. 298

Summary Catalogue no.: 1027

Johannes de Tambaco, De consolatione theologiae; Germany (Eberbach?), 15th century, first quarter


(fols. 1r-191v)
Johannes de Tambaco, De consolatione theologiae
Rubric: Incipit prologus in librum de consolatione theologie fratris Johannis de Tambaco, ordinis Predicatorum, provincie Theutonie, sacre theologie professoris.
Incipit: (prologue) Quoniam autem secundum hoc ipse apostolus nobis insinuat
Incipit: (preface) Cum humanum genus post lapsum primorum parentum
Rubric: Capitulum primum continens consolaciones super carencia mundane felicitatis et super infelicitate et miseriis.
Incipit: Primo itaque principaliter quatuor tristibus predicte domine
Explicit: nives si flumen effugeris, impetet te gladius ||

With prologue, preface, and table; incomplete, ends at XV.5.

Language(s): Latin

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment
Extent: 191 leaves
Dimensions (leaf): 342 × 240 mm.
Dimensions (written): 255 × 170 mm.


Written by the same scribe as MS. Laud Misc. 462.


Red-blue decorated initials on split red-blue ground, with fleuronée decoration; the same hand as London, British Library, Arundel MS 85.


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


Origin: 15th century, first quarter ; German, Eberbach, Cistercian abbey (?)

Provenance and Acquisition

Probably written in the Eberbach scriptorium.

Probably identifiable as X 1 in the Eberbach catalogue of 1502.

William Laud, 1573-1645, by 1638.

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

Record Sources

Description adapted (2018 and October 2019) from the following sources:
Nigel F. Palmer, Zisterzienser und ihre Bücher: die mittelalterliche Bibliotheksgeschichte von Kloster Eberbach im Rheingau (Regensburg, 1998), p. 255, 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

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Last Substantive Revision

2019-11-01: Description revised for Polonsky digitization project to include additional information from printed descriptions.