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MS. Laud Misc. 440

Summary Catalogue no.: 858

Cassiodorus, Historia tripartita; Germany, c. 1100


Language(s): Latin

(fols. 1r-152r)
Cassiodorus; Epiphanius Scholasticus, Historia tripartita
Rubric: In hoc opere continentur historiae ecclesiasticae ex Socrate, Sosomeno, et Theodoreto in unum collecte nuper de Greco in Latinum translate libri numero xii. Prefatio Cassiodori senatoris servi Dei.
Incipit: (prol.) Utiliter nimis incapite libri prefacio ponitur ubi futuri operis
Incipit: Aiunt antiquis principibus diligenciae studium fuisse
Explicit: consulatu septies decies imperatoris Theodosii per contuli. Explicit liber xii.

Textually related to BAV, Pat. lat. 824 (c. 1100, from Lorsch): W. Jacob, Die Handschrifliche Überlieferung der sogenannten Historia Tripartita (1954), pp. 100–1.

(fol. 152v)
Hymns with neums
Incipit: Vos secli iusti iudices
Chevalier 22148
Incipit: Integer ardorem rubus arida
WIC 9427.

Added in later hand.

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment
Extent: ii + 154 leaves
Dimensions (leaf): 310–320 × 220–225 mm.
Dimensions (written): 245–260 × 160–190 mm.


Written in 2 columns, 33–35 lines; ruled with drypoint.

Musical Notation:

Added neums (fol. 152v)


Good initials. (Pächt and Alexander iii. 1297)


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


Origin: c. 1100 ; German, Bamberg (?)

Provenance and Acquisition

Tentatively attributed to Bamberg by H. Hoffmann on grounds of script (Bamberger Handschriften des 10. und des 11. Jahrhunderts, MGH Schriften 39 (1995), p. 154)

Johannes nyma(n)tem frūt: 15th century inscription, fol. 152v.

William Laud, 1573–1645, 1636.

Part of his third donation to the Bodleian, 1639.

Record Sources

Description adapted by Tuija Ainonen and Matthew Holford (February 2020) from the following sources, with additional physical description, and with reference to published literature as cited:
Otto Pächt and J. J. G. Alexander, Illuminated Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library, Oxford, 3 vols. (1966–1973) I, no. 1297. [decoration, date, origin]
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

2020-02-19: Description revised for Polonsky digitization project to include additional information from printed descriptions.