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MS. Laud Misc. 324

Summary Catalogue no.: 1042

Theological Miscellany. Germany, Mainz Charterhouse, s. xiv2.


This description is abbreviated from Daniela Mairhofer, Medieval Manuscripts from the Mainz Charterhouse in the Bodleian Library, Oxford: A Descriptive Catalogue (Oxford, 2018), pp. 977–989. For purposes of scholarly citation, reference to the printed catalogue is requested.

1. (fols 1r–17r)
John Climacus, Scala paradisi

Latin tr. by Angelus Clarenus, extracts with prologue (pr.: Venice, 1491 (Goff J309), etc.; Little 107).

Language(s): Latin
2. (fols 17r–32v)
Isaac Syrus, De contemptu mundi

Latin tr. by Angelus Clarenus (?) (Venice, 1506); excerpts (ed.: PG 86 (1). 811A–86A; Bloomfield 424; CPG 3. 7868).

Language(s): Latin
3. (fols 32v–41v)
Theological tract (Devotus libellus de perfectione fratrum s. Crucis)

(ed. A. van de Pasch, ‘Een tractaatje over de volmaaktheid (uit een Keuls Kruisherenhandschrift van de 15de eeuw)’, Clairlieu. Tijdschrift gewijd aan de Geschiedenis der Kruisheren 11 (Diest, 1953) 49–84, at pp. 56–69).

Language(s): Latin
4. (fols 41v–43r)
Ps.-Bernard of Clairvaux, De domo conscientiae

Excerpts from cap. 40, 41, 29, 30, 34, 36, 37 (ed.: PL 184. (in the range of) 538D–51B; – Bloomfield 1787 & 2294, and suppl.; Goy, Überlieferung Hugos, 494, no. 12, and n. 41; CPPM 2. 3089 & 3090 (Ps.-Augustine)

Language(s): Latin
5. (fols 43r–50r)
Patristic and theological extracts
Rubric: Tractatus de modo vivendi secundum vitam et contempativam

The text consists of various excerpts, from Bernard of Clairvaux, Augustine, and Gregory the Great; most parts are identical with Johannes de Caulibus, Meditationes vitae Christi, 45ff. (ed. M. Stallings-Taney, CCCM 153 (1997) 172, l. 28ff.; Bestul, Passion, 48–50; Kemper, Kreuzigung Christi, 88–107, with further literature); the remaining text passages are not identifiable.

Language(s): Latin
6. (fols 50r–53r)
Ps.-Bonaventure, Compendium de virtute humilitatis (ed.: SBonO 8 (1898) 658–62, etc.; – SBonO 8 (1898), p. cii; Little 6; Glorieux, Rép., 305bd; Distelbrink 72; Mohan 9*; Bloomfield 192, and suppl., & 304).
Language(s): Latin
7. (fols 53r–55r)
Ps.-Bonaventure (James of Milan/Henricus de Balma), Stimulus amoris (extracts)

Excerpts, in the range of 2. 1–3. 12 (ed.: Quaracchi (²1949) 6–31 (cap. 1–6); ed.: J. Klapper, Schriften Johanns von Neumarkt. Dritter Teil: Stachel der Liebe, Vom Mittelalter zur Reformation. Forschungen zur Geschichte der deutschen Bildung 6 (Berlin, 1939) 137–320; Distelbrink 219; (for the text on fol. 54v:) Bloomfield 3526; (for the text on fol. 53r:) Bloomfield 4159 & 6213; BAMAT 1 (1991) 1138; see also Eisermann, Stimulus amoris).

Language(s): Latin
8. (fols 55r–58v)
Ps.-Augustine, Manuale

Excerpts, in the range of preface, cap. 1–24 (pr. Strasbourg, c.1476 (GW 2969), etc.; ed.: PL 40. 951–62 = PL 177. 171A–83B; Glorieux, Migne, 28; PLS 2. 1366; Römer ii/1. 122 (no. 16); ii/2. 276; Bloomfield 4957, and suppl.; CPPM 2. 3074).

Language(s): Latin
9. (fols 58v–61v)
Ps.-Bonaventure (James of Milan/Henricus de Balma), Stimulus amoris

Excerpts: 1. 3 & 6 (ed. J. Klapper, loc. cit., 20–22, l. 10; 25, ll. 2–11; 45–58; – BAMAT 1 (1991) 1138; see also F. Eisermann, loc. cit.).

Language(s): Latin
10. (fols 61v–63r)
Ps.-Macharius, Epistola ad filios dei (ep. 1) (ed.: PG 34. 405A–10B; PL 67. 1163B–66A; ed. A. Wilmart, ‘La lettre spirituelle de l’abbé Macaire’, RAM 1 (1920) 58–83, at pp. 72ff.; A. Wilmart, loc. cit.; PLS 4. 545; CPG 2. 2415 (1)).
Language(s): Latin
11. (fols 63r–64v)
Vitas patrum

Correctiones patrum = Vitas patrum, 7 (Verba seniorum), 44: De meditationibus duodecim anachoretarum (ed.: PL 73. 1060A–62C; BHL 6531; BHG 1448r; J.-C. Guy, ‘La collection des douze anachorètes’, AB 76 (1958) 419–27; C. M. Batlle, Die ‘Adhortationes sanctorum patrum’ (‘Verba seniorum’) im lateinischen Mittelalter, Beiträge zur Geschichte des alten Mönchtums und des Benediktinerordens 31 (Münster, 1972), citing the present MS. at p. 65 (no. 104; ‘Büchlein XXII’ of the Adhortationes) CPG 3. 5563).

Language(s): Latin
12. (fols 65r–68r)
Theological tract

Soliloquium, divided into five sections: the things that lead to Christ’s love, and to contempt for the world; a note on doomsday, infernal penalties, and the joy of paradise. For the same excerpts, see MS. Laud Misc. 227, fols 214v–217v.

Language(s): Latin
13. (fols 68r–73r)
Hugo Ripelinus, Compendium ueritatis theologicae,

excerpts (ed.: AMO 34 (1895) 115–118, 113f., 118f.; 197–200; 75; Little 269; Glorieux, Rép., 6dq & 14fc; Stegmüller, RS, 368; Distelbrink 75; Kaeppeli 1982; Mohan 485*; Bloomfield 1537, 6399, and suppl.; Steer, Hugo Ripelin, with a list of MSS at pp. 47–146). A hand of s. xv from the Mainz Charterhouse added in the lower margin of fol. 68r: ‘Hec de viciis excerpta sunt de compendio theologice veritatis libro iijo.’ and of fol. 72v: ‘Ex compendio libro iijo.’

Language(s): Latin
14. (fol. 73r)
Jerome, Commentary on the Minor Prophets

Habakkuk, 1, 2.3 (ed.: PL 25. 1275B–76B; ed. M. Adriaen, CCSL 76A (1970) 581f.; Stegmüller, RB, 3367; BHM 216; CPL 589).

Language(s): Latin
15. (fols 73v–74v)
Henrik van Kalkar, Tractatus de quotidiano holocausto siue Exercitatorium monachale siue cartusiense (H. Rüthing, Der Kartäuser Heinrich Egher von Kalkar, 1328–1408, Veröffentlichungen des Max-Planck-Instituts für Geschichte 18. Studien zur Germania Sacra 8 (Göttingen, 1967) 119f. (no. 1), citing the present MS. at p. 120).
Language(s): Latin
16. (fols 74v–75r)
Theological tract
Rubric: De vij cogicacionibus[sic] quas homo cottidie debet habere

Imperfect. Excerpts, source(s) not identifiable.

Language(s): Latin
17. (fol. 75r)
Augustine, Enarrationes in Psalmos

Excerpt: En. 70, serm. 1. 15 (ed.: PL 36. 884–85; ed. E. Dekkers & J. Fraipont, CCSL 39 (1956) 952, ll. 6–19; – Stegmüller, RB, 1463, and suppl.; CPPM 2. 1869a; CPL 283).

Language(s): Latin
18. (fol. 75v)
John Cassian, De institutionis coenobiorum,

2. 10 & 11, excerpts (ed.: PL 49. 97B–101A; ed. M. Petschenig & G. Kreuz, CSEL 17 (22004) 25–27, l. 8; J.-C. Guy, SChr 109 (1965) 74–78; – CPPM 2. 3625; CPL 513; Bloomfield suppl. 1380b).

Language(s): Latin
19. (fol. 76r–v)
Ps.-Basil of Caesarea (P. J. Fedwick, Bibliotheca Basiliana universalis: a study of the manuscript tradition, translations and editions of the works of Basil of Caesarea: IV. Testimonia, liturgical and canonical compositions, florilegia, catenae, iconography: IV,2: manuscripts – libraries, Corpus christianorum 4,2 (Turnhout, 1999), this copy at p. 920 (k5451); Excerpts from Regula S. Basilii and Admonitio ad filium spiritualem siue regula; ed.: PL 103; ed. K. Zelzer, CSEL 86 (1986); CPG 2. 2876; Lehmann, Erforschung des Mittelalters, 5. 200–45, ed. at pp. 220–45; CPG 2. 2898n.; CPPM 2. 3596; CPL 1155a).
Language(s): Latin
20. (fols 77ra–82ra)
Alphabetical index

Added by a hand from the Mainz Charterhouse, s. xv; only select entries, and imperfect; included are items of the part that originally preceded the present volume (see also Origin below).

Language(s): Latin

Physical Description

Secundo Folio: detraccione non
Form: codex
Support: (fols 1–77) parchment, of varying thickness; some natural flaws and holes, (fol. 2) remnants of medieval repair (stitching holes); (fols 29, 30, 33, 34, 36, 39, 40 & 42) missing ends and edges made good before the ruling was applied and the text was written on.(fols 78–82) Paper, significantly smaller than the rest of the textblock; (fol. 79) remnants of a watermark in the upper left-hand corner, a small bull’s head with cross.
Extent: ii (i modern, ii 17th-cent.) + 82 + ii (i 17th-cent., ii modern) leaves
Dimensions (leaf): (fols 1–77) c.167–80 × 122–31 mm.
Dimensions (leaf): (fols 78–82) paper quire: c.155–60 × 105–13 mm.
Foliation: i, ii, 1–84, in modern (19th-cent.) pencil. Medieval foliation in a hand of s. xv, in typical Charterhouse ink: arabic numerals, mostly in between two dots, usually at the upper right-hand margin; starting with ‘37’ (fol. 1r) and running to ‘112’ (fol. 76r).


i–iv 14 | v 8 | vi (14-1)+(6-1). Scribal quire signatures in the bottom right-hand corner of the final verso of each quire (except for the last one), in roman ordinal numerals followed by ‘quaternus’, starting with ‘.iiijus. quaternus’ on fol. 14v.


Ruling in lead point or ink, one column (except for fols 77r ff.: two columns) of c.28–37 unruled lines. Ruled space c.138–48 × 102–110 mm.


textualis, s. xiv2, Mainz Charterhouse, by 1) (fols 1r–73r) one main hand. Further hands: 2) (fol. 73r) item 14, including the header on fol. 73v, from the Mainz Charterhouse, s. xv; 3) (fols 73v–74v) item 15, script of s. xiv; 4) (fols 74v–75r) item 16, two hands, changing on fol. 75r, l. 2; 5) (fol. 75r) item 17; 6) (fols 75v–76v) items 18 & 19, probably identical with hand 5; 7) responsible for the additions on fols 77ra–82ra (item 20) and the foliation (see above).ex;


Coloured initials in red.



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


Origin: 14th century, second half; Germany, Mainz Charterhouse with additions dating from s. xv. The present book was originally larger: the original first 36 pages missing, see Foliation and Collation (quire signatures); these leaves went missing after the foliation was inserted in the 15th century, and may have contained excerpts from part i,1 of the Formula novitiorum by David of Augsburg, to judge from the imperfect alphabetical index on fols 77ra–82ra.

Provenance and Acquisition

Mainz, Carthusian abbey of St Michael: the late 14th-cent. ex-libris inscription at the lower left-hand margin of fol. 74v: ‘codex cartusiensium moguncie’, and the 15th-cent. ex-libris inscription at the lower margin of 77v: ‘Liber iste pertinet ad carthusienses prope Mogunciam’. Identifiable as D VII T in cat. ii.

William Laud, 1573–1645: Ex-libris, dated 1638, at the lower half of fol. 1r.

Given to the Bodleian as part of his third donation, dispatched on 28 June 1639.

Record Sources

See above. Previously described in the Quarto Catalogue (H. O. Coxe, Laudian Manuscripts, Quarto Catalogues II, repr. with corrections, 1969, from the original ed. of 1858–1885).

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    Published descriptions:

    Daniela Mairhofer, Medieval Manuscripts from the Mainz Charterhouse in the Bodleian Library, Oxford: A Descriptive Catalogue, 2 vols. (Oxford, 2018), pp. 977–989

Last Substantive Revision

2023-09-03: Description revised for Mainz digitization project to include additional information from Mairhofer catalogue.