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MS. Laud Misc. 353

Summary Catalogue no.: 1076

Mechtild of Hackborn, Liber specialis gratiae; 14th century, end/15th century, beginning


(fols. 1-60v)
Mechtild of Hackborn, Liber specialis gratiae,

with two prologues

(fol. 1r)
Prologue 1
Incipit: Benignitas et humanitas Salvatoris mundi, que humano generi per ipsius incarnationem
(fol. 1rv)
Prologue 2
Incipit: Liber iste, licet totus revelaciones et visiones dici possit
Incipit: Abit virgo quedam a Deo ab infantia et benedictionibus dulcedinis perventa
Explicit: aliquando vero tam spirituale erat ac divinum, quod nullis potuit humanis verbis explicare.
(MS. Laud Misc. 353 and 396 once formed one volume)
Language(s): Latin

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment
Extent: 61 leaves
Dimensions (leaf): 234 × 180 mm.
Dimensions (written): 188 × 134 mm.




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


Origin: 14th century, end / 15th century, beginning ; German

Provenance and Acquisition

Identifiable as Z 12 (part 2) 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 (October 2019) from the following sources:
Nigel F. Palmer, Zisterzienser und ihre Bücher: die mittelalterliche Bibliotheksgeschichte von Kloster Eberbach im Rheingau (Regensburg, 1998), p. 257, 294 [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

2019-10-24: Description revised for Polonsky digitization project to include additional information from printed descriptions.