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MS. Laud Misc. 626

Summary Catalogue no.: 1334


(fols. 1r–190v)
Hugutio of Pisa, Liber deriuationum
(fol. 1r)


Rubric: Incipit prologus super derivationes maiores
Incipit: Cum nostri protoplasti suggestiva prevaricatione. dyabolus[sic] humanum genus a sue dignitatis culmine quam longe deiecerit [sic for deciderit]
Explicit: a verbo augmenti nostre assertionis auspicium sorciamur
Final rubric: Explicit prologus

The author is referred to (fol. 1r, col. b, lines 1-2) as ‘ … patria Pisanus nomine Huicio[sic] …’.

(fols. 1r–190v)
Rubric: Incipiunt derivationes Huicii[sic]
Incipit: Augeo es. auxi. ctum. amplificare id est augmentum dare
Explicit: unde ille homo dicitur zelotipus qui suspectionem habet de||

A leaf is lost (apparently excised) before fol. 1 (with loss of a table of contents(?)); for other missing leaves see below, Collation. Some of these losses are signalled in marginal pencil notes by a 19th- or early 20th-century century reader, not always correctly (e.g. there is no leaf missing after fol. 101).

Language(s): Latin

One gloss in German, fol. 82r: ‘auis preda scilicet valcke’

Language(s): German

Physical Description

Secundo Folio: ri et hec adultera
Form: codex
Support: parchment, with occasional holes and other flaws, sometimes within the text area; the outer margin of fol. 126 cut very close to the text
Extent: i (paper) + i (parchment) + 190 + i (parchment) + i (paper)
Dimensions (leaf): 345 × 250 mm.
Foliation: i–ii, 1–192 in pencil in the usual Laudian style.


Not fully certain due to tightness of the binding; in quires of 10, with several leaves apparently excised, very probably as follows: 1(10-1, first leaf wanting with loss of capitula or a table) (fols. 1-9), 2(10)-9(10) (fols. 10-89), 10(10-1, fourth leaf wanting before fol. 93 with loss of text) (fols. 90-8), 11(10-1, first leaf wanting fol. 99 with loss of text) (fols. 99-107), 12(10-1, third leaf wanting before fol. 110 with loss of text) (fols. 108-116), 13(10-1, fifth leaf wanting before fol. 122 with loss of text) (fols. 117-125), 14(10-2, sixth and eighth leaves wanting before fols. 131 and 132 both with loss of text) (fols. 126-133), 15(10) (fols. 134-143), 16(10-1, third leaf wanting before fol. 146 with loss of text) (fols. 144-152), 17(10)-19(10) (fols. 153-182), 20(10-2, last two leaves wanting after fol. 190 with loss of text) (fols. 183-190). Quires occasionally have a signature (e.g. ‘III’, fol. 29v) or note ‘correctus est’ (e.g. fols. 9v, 19v, 29v), but more often a cropped vestige of one or both


Ruled in brown ink for two columns of 50 lines. Ruled space 265 × 193 mm. , 13 mm. between columns.


Gothic bookhand


Four- to seven-line puzzle initials in red and blue, with red and blue penwork infill and red and blue vertical extensions, at the beginning of the prologue and the first initial of each alphabetical section (those for ‘H’ and ‘S’, fols. 79v and 150v, especially elaborate; that for ‘I’ in plain red, fol. 86r); two-line initials alternately red or blue (very occasionally with added? penwork, fol. 129v).


Laudian binding. Sewn on three bands laced into pasteboards covered with brown leather, the covers each with the gilt arms of archbishop Laud; traces of two ties; the spine (repaired) with two paper labels printed ‘Laud. | H | 71.’ and ‘Laud | ⟨62⟩6’.


Origin: 14th century, second half ; German

Provenance and Acquisition

Medieval provenance unknown; not identifiable in the catalogues of the Mainz Charterhouse or of Eberbach Abbey.

Archbishop William Laud; inscribed with the usual Laudian inscription, here dated 1637 (fol. ii verso); his arms on the binding.

Part of his third donation to the Bodleian, 1639. Former Bodleian shelfmarks: ‘H. 71’ and ‘Laud 626’ (front pastedown; cf spine and fol. ii verso).

Record Sources

Description (June 2021) by Peter Kidd, edited by Matthew Holford. 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).

Digital Images

Digital Bodleian (full digital facsimile)


Last Substantive Revision

2021-06-23: Description fully revised for Polonsky German digitization project.