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MS. Laud Misc. 396

Summary Catalogue no.: 1173

Ps.-Augustine, Sermons; German, 15th century, beginning


(fols. 2r-40v)
Ps.-Augustine, Sermones ad fratres in eremo (selection)
Rubric: Aurelii Augustini Yponensis episcopi incipiunt sermones ad fratres suos in heremo apud Yponem de margaritis regularis institucionis. Sermo primus
Incipit: Fratres mei et letitia cordis mei
Explicit: faciens autem uobis quod placeat coram se per Ihesum Christum cui est honor et gloria in secula seculorum. Amen.

Twenty numbered sermons: 1-4, 6-18, 26, 21, 22 in PL. Fol. 1r-v blank except for ex libris, fol. 1v.

Final rubric: Orate pro me fratres ante meum recessum, cupio uos salutare in osculo sancto. Amen.

Formerly one volume with MS. Laud Misc. 353.

Language(s): Latin

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment
Extent: 1 (former pastedown) + 39 + 1 (former pastedown) leaves
Dimensions (leaf): 232 × 175 mm.
Dimensions (written): 160 × 120 mm.


Flourished initial, fol. 2r, incorporating a hybrid figure in the margin.

Blue initials flourished in red; red initials flourished in violet.


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


Origin: 15th century, beginning ; German

Provenance and Acquisition

Identifiable as 'Erb. Ma. K 2' in the "Rheinischen Gesamtkatalog" from the 1470s (now Basel, Öffentliche Bibliothek der Universität, cod. F VI 53, pp. 1-28, on p. 12).

Eberbach ex libris: Liber Sancte Marie virginis in Ebirbach (fol. 1v)

Identifiable as Z 12 (first part) 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 by Tuija Ainonen and Matthew Holford (December 2019) from the following sources (with additional description of the contents and ex libris):
Nigel F. Palmer, Zisterzienser und ihre Bücher: die mittelalterliche Bibliotheksgeschichte von Kloster Eberbach im Rheingau (Regensburg, 1998), pp. 228, 257, 294 [physical description, date, origin, provenance]
Otto Pächt and J. J. G. Alexander, Illuminated Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library Oxford, 3 vols. (1966-1973) I, no. 159.
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

2019-12-04: Description revised for Polonsky digitization project to include additional information from printed descriptions.