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MS. Laud Misc. 468

Summary Catalogue no.: 756

Noted choir breviary; south Germany (Eichstätt?), 12th century, beginning (c. 1108–1111)


(fols. 1r-175v)
Noted choir breviary

Items 1–3 occupy the first quire, lacking its first leaf

(fols. 1r-3r)
Calendar (March-December)

One month per column; each day with one or two saints; the first leaf with January-February missing.

(fol. 3v)

Pascal table for 1108–1139

(fols. 4r-7v)
Rubric: In uigilia Pentecostes ad vesperam
Incipit: Ueni creator spiritus

'De sancto Willibaldo', fols. 4v-5r.

(fols. 8r-18v)

Feast and octave of Pentecost followed by Trinity Sunday

(fols. 18v-145v)

From the feast of Sts Marcellinus and Peter (2 June) to that of St Sola (3 December)

(fols. 145v-175v)
Commune Sanctorum and Dedication

Ending abruptly in the alius sermo.Missing one or more leaves at the end.

No rubrics.

Language(s): Latin

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment
Extent: i (paper) + i (parchment) + 175 + i (parchment) + i (paper) leaves
Dimensions (leaf): 395 × 270 mm.
Dimensions (written): 305 × 185 mm.
Foliation: i-ii, 1–177


Not fully collatable.


Fols. 1r-7v: Two columns, 32–34 lines.

Fols. 8r-175v: Written in 30 long lines.

Musical Notation:

German neums: adiastematic, half-rhythmical notation.


Good initial (fol. 4r). (Pächt and Alexander i. 53)

Plain red initials.

Red rubrics.


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


Origin: 12th century, beginning (c. 1108–11) ; Germany, south; Eichstätt, Domstift (?)

Provenance and Acquisition

The presence of St. Willibald and his brother Wunnebald in the kalendar, where they are both exceptionally given the prefix 'sanctus', the hymn for St Willibald in the hymnal, and the office for St. Willibald, with vigil, (fols. 37v, 42v) suggest that the volume was written at or for the cathedral church of St Willibald in Eichstätt. Marks in the Easter table on fol. 3v indicate that the manuscript was in use c. 1108–1111 (H. M. Bannister, 'Signs in kalendarial tables', in Mélanges offerts à M. Émile Chatelain (Paris, 1910), 141–149 at 143–4).

Domstift Eichstätt (?). Listed by Krämer under the collegiate church of St Willibald, Eichstätt, for reasons which are unclear.

William Laud, 1573–1645, 1636.

Part of his third donation to the Bodleian, 1639.

Record Sources

Description adapted (November 2020) with additional physical description from the following sources:
Otto Pächt and J. J. G. Alexander, Illuminated Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library, Oxford , 3 vols. (1966–1973) I, no. 53 [decoration]
S. J. P. Van Dijk, Handlist of the Latin Liturgical Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library Oxford Vol. 2: Office Books (typescript, 1957), p. 225 [contents, physical description]
H. O. Coxe, Laudian Manuscripts, Quarto Catalogues II, repr. with corrections, 1969, from the original ed. of 1858–1885 [contents, provenance, acquisition]
W. H. Frere, Bibliotheca musico-liturgica: a descriptive hand list of the musical and Latin-liturgical MSS of the Middle Ages, preserved in the libraries of Great Britain and Ireland, vol. 1 (1901) no. 43. [contents]

Digital Images

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Digital Bodleian (1 image from 35mm slides)


Last Substantive Revision

2020-11-12: Description revised for Polonsky digitization project to include additional information from printed descriptions.