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

MS. Laud Misc. 311

Summary Catalogue no.: 901

Willelmus Durandus the Elder, Rationale divinorum officiorum; Bohemia, 14th century


(fols. 1r-267v)
Willelmus Durandus the Elder, Rationale diuinorum officiorum
Final rubric: Explicit Rationale Divinorum Officiorum.

Fols. i-ii blank except for ruling. Fols. 268r-270v blank except for ruling.

Language(s): Latin

Physical Description

Secundo Folio: misticis rebus
Form: codex
Support: parchment
Extent: 2 + 270 leaves
Dimensions (leaf): 385 × 280 mm.
Dimensions (ruled): 250 × 180 mm.
Foliation: i-ii, 1–270


Written in 2 columns, 40 lines.


Textualis; several hands.


Historiated initial, fol. 1r: the author reading his book to an audience. (Pächt and Alexander i. 149). Attributed by Gaudek to the workshop of the Master of the Opatovice Breviary (Krakow, Archiwum Krakowskiej Kapituły Katedralnej, MS 240)

Fine border, fol. 1r. (Pächt and Alexander i. 149)

Red and blue puzzle initials with pen flourishes in red and in blue.

Red rubrics.


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


Origin: 14th century, end, perhaps 1370s ; Bohemia

Provenance and Acquisition

Provenance unknown: erased and illegible inscription, fol. 1r.

William Laud, 1573–1645, 1638.

Part of his third donation to the Bodleian, 1639.

Record Sources

Description adapted (October 2020) from the following sources:
T. Gaudek, 'Zpráva ze studia českých iluminovaných rukopisů 14. století v Bodleian Library', Studie o rukopisech 42 (2013), 145–59
Otto Pächt and J. J. G. Alexander, Illuminated Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library, Oxford, 3 vols. (1966–1973) I, no. 149 [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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Last Substantive Revision

2020-11-05: Description revised for Polonsky digitization project to include additional information from printed descriptions.