MS. Laud Misc. 394
Summary Catalogue no.: 1348
A: Chronicle, from Ninus, first king of the Assyrians, to the death of Emperor Heraclius, c. 642. B: Commentary on the Octateuch. Germany, late 12th century
Laudian binding. Sewn on four bands laced into pasteboards covered with brown tanned leather, each covered framed with a pair of blind filets and stamped in the centre with the gilt arms of archbishop Laud; holes from a pair of ties towards the fore-edge.
The spine with a 17th-century paper label inscribed ‘Anna:[les?] C[hro]|nica usq[ue ad?] | Heraclium [ … ] | Comment. in | 5. libris M[oi]sis | M S’, with ‘A’ between the M and S; and three printed Bodleian paper labels printed ‘Laud. | I | 8.’, ‘Laud’, and ‘394’ respectively.
Rust-stains on fol. 1r doubtless caused by a pair of clasp-fittings from a former binding.
Provenance and Acquisition
Inscribed, 14th(?) century: ‘Iste liber continet Cronicam [ smudge ] et brevem stilum super(?) quinque libros Moysis’ (fol. 1r); copied below by a 16th-century hand, leaving a space for the unread word.
Inscribed, 15th century: ‘In culpam labitur mente qui non dominatur | Est miserum homini malum defendere rei’; ‘Quanto sanctiores(?) tanto rariores’; and ‘Contra naturam est superbire et ab equali velle timeri’ (Gregory, Moralia in Job, II, 21, 15).
Part A only with marginal summaries in a late 15th- or early 16th-century hand.
Samson Johnson, protege of William Laud, inscribed ‘Liber Samsonis Johnsoni’ (fol. 1r), 16th/17th-century; cf. MS. Laud Misc. 355.
William Laud, 1573-1645: with the usual inscription, dated 1635 (fol. 1v, lower margin).
Part of his first donation to the Bodleian, 1625. Former Bodleian shelfmarks: inscribed in ink ‘J. 8’ twice (cf. spine), ‘Laud 394’, and in pencil ‘olim 1348’ (front pastedown), and ‘J.8.’ (fol. ir).
Digital Bodleian (full digital facsimile)
Last Substantive Revision
2021-04-20: Description fully revised for Polonsky German digitization project.