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

MS. Laud Misc. 346

Summary Catalogue no.: 949


Vitas patrum (part 2)
Incipit: De penitencia. Dixerunt fratres de abbate Gelasio quia habuerit codicem
Language(s): Latin

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: paper
Extent: 255 folios
Dimensions (leaf): 210 × 143 mm.
Dimensions (written): 148 × 93 mm.


Initials. (P&A i. 164)

Red decorated initials with foliate patterns. Coloured initials.


Late-medieval blind-tooled and stamped binding.

Former chained binding.

Accompanying Material

Endleaves (fols. i, 260): two leaves from a sacramentary (rites for the ordeals of fire and cold water); parchment; 250 x 144 (167 x 105) mm.; 11th or early 12th century.


Origin: 15th century, middle or second half ; German

Provenance and Acquisition

Not identifiable in the Eberbach catalogue of 1502.

Eberbach, Cistercian abbey: ex libris of the Eberbach Abtsbibliothek.

Eberbach signature ‘M’, 17th century, on the front board.

William Laud, 1573-1645, 1638.

Part of his third donation to the Bodleian, 1639.

Record Sources

Description adapted (2019) from the following sources:
Nigel F. Palmer, Zisterzienser und ihre Bücher: die mittelalterliche Bibliotheksgeschichte von Kloster Eberbach im Rheingau (Regensburg, 1998), pp. 293-4 [contents, physical description, date, provenance]
Otto Pächt and J. J. G. Alexander, Illuminated Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library Oxford, I (1966), no. 164 [origin]
H. O. Coxe, Laudian Manuscripts, Quarto Catalogues II, repr. with corrections, 1969, from the original ed. of 1858-1885 [contents]