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MS. Laud Misc. 399

Summary Catalogue no.: 1074

Hugh of St.-Victor, De sacramentis christianae fidei (book II); Germany, late 12th or early 13th century


Language(s): Latin

(fols. 1v-96v)
Hugh of St.-Victor, De sacramentis christianae fidei (bk. II)

Fol. 1r blank.

Rubric: (fol. 1v) Incipit Hugo de sacramentis
Incipit: Magne sunt in scripturis sacris
Rubric: In hoc secundo libro sicut in primo capitula per singulas partes ordinauimus […]

Fols. 1v-3r, capitula.

Rubric: (fol. 3r) Incipit liber secundus de incarnatione uerbi […]
Incipit: In superiori parte operis huius conditionem
Explicit: (fol. 96v) amabimus et laudabimus
Final rubric: Finito libro sit laus et gloria Christo. Explicit liber.

Frequent corrections to the text. Followed by:

(fols. 96v-97r)
Gregory I, Moralia in Job (extract, XXXII.12)
Rubric: Gregorius in Mor'
Incipit: Rerum substantia simul creata est
Explicit: prodeunt per temporis incrementa

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: Parchment, several flaws and irregular edges
Extent: i (paper) + i + 97 + i + i (paper) leaves
Dimensions (leaf): 235 × 140 mm.
(Many irregular edges)
Foliation: i-ii, 1-99, in 19th-century pencil


1(8)-11(8) (fols. 1-88), 12(8+1, one leaf added after fol. 95) (fols. 89-97). Quires numbered i - xii on the final versos.


One column, 44 lines; ruled in plummet; written above top line. Ruled space c. 220 × 115 mm.

Fols. 1v-3r in two columns.


Protogothic script; one hand (?)


Initials in plain red, sometimes with minor decorative elements.


Standard binding of the Laudian collection.


Origin: 12th century, late, or 13th century, early ; Germany

Provenance and Acquisition

Eberbach, Cistercian abbey: mark of the chain-staple of the Eberbach libraria major on fols. 96-97 (cf. N. Palmer, Zisterzienser und ihre Bucher (1998), 182-3). Very probably identifiable as I 8 in the Eberbach catalogue of 1502 ('Hugo de sacramentis initium Magne sunt in scripturis') (Palmer, Zisterzienser, 241, without reference to the present manuscript).

William Laud: acquired 1637 (ex libris, fol. 1r) after the disperal of the Eberbach library in the Thirty Years' War

Part of his third donation to the Bodleian, 1639.

Record Sources

Description by Matthew Holford, October 2023. 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).

Last Substantive Revision

2023-10: New description.