A catalogue of Western manuscripts at the Bodleian Libraries and selected Oxford colleges

MS. Laud Misc. 586

Summary Catalogue no.: 1311


Language(s): Latin

(fol. 1v)

Table of contents, 15th century, listing items 1-3.

2. (fol. 51ra-101ra)
Jacobus de Paradiso, De malo huius saeculi
Colophon: Explicit tractatus de malis huius seculi ... Editus per Jacobum Carthusiensem ... Anno domini Mo.CCCCo.lxiiii. Scriptum est opus illud. Deo laus.
5. (fol. 133va-151vb)
Jacobus de Paradiso, De arcta et lata via

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment
Extent: 151 fols.
Dimensions (leaf): 298 × 198 mm.
Dimensions (written): 218 × 138 mm.


2 cols., 40 lines


Fols. 2r-101ra: hybrida

Fols. 101rb-151v: textualis


Red and blue initials with ornamention and fleuronnée penwork in green and violet, by a flourisher also found in MS. Laud Misc. 260 and Wiesbaden, LB, Hs. 21.


Laudian binding, 1637–1639.


Origin: 1464 - c. 1470 ; Germany, Eberbach, Cistercian abbey (?)

Provenance and Acquisition

1464 on fol. 101 is probably the date of writing, rather than the date of the text, and covers fols. 1-101 Fols. 101 col. 2 to 151, with different script and somewhat plainer decoration, may have been written later, but a fifteenth century contents list (fol. 1v) includes items 1-3 above (see Watson).

Attributed to the Eberbach scriptorium (‘probably’) by Palmer.

Identifiable as S 22 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 (Oct. 2019) from the following sources:
Nigel F. Palmer, Zisterzienser und ihre Bücher: die mittelalterliche Bibliotheksgeschichte von Kloster Eberbach im Rheingau (Regensburg, 1998), pp. 134-6, 296-7 [physical description, date, origin, provenance]
A. G. Watson, Catalogue of Dated and Datable Manuscripts in Oxford Libraries (1984), no. 615 [layout, date]
H. O. Coxe, Laudian Manuscripts, Quarto Catalogues II, repr. with corrections, 1969, from the original ed. of 1858-1885 [contents, acquisition]

Digital Images

Digital Bodleian (1 image from 35mm slides)


    Printed descriptions:

    Otto Pächt and J. J. G. Alexander, Illuminated Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library Oxford, I (1966), no. 171