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

MS. Laud Misc. 629

Summary Catalogue no.: 1323

A: Richard of Middleton; Italy, s. xiii2; B: Peter Lombard; Germany (Eberbach?), s. xiiiin; C: Peter of Tarentaise (Innocent V); France, s. xiii2

Physical Description

This description is abbreviated from Daniela Mairhofer, Medieval Manuscripts from the Mainz Charterhouse in the Bodleian Library, Oxford: A Descriptive Catalogue (Oxford, 2018), pp. 1458-1465. For purposes of scholarly citation, reference to the printed catalogue is requested.
Composite: fols. 1-12 || fols. 13-47 || fols. 48-162
Form: codex
Support: parchment
Extent: i (17th century) + 162 + i (17th century) leaves
Foliation: i, 1–163

Binding

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

History

Provenance and Acquisition

The present volume comprises three distinct parts, one from the Mainz Charterhouse, one or two from Eberbach abbey, put together in the late 1630s, in the course of the Laudian binding.

William Laud, 1573–1645: his ex libris, 1638, fol. 1r.

Given to the Bodleian as part of his third donation, dispatched on 28 June 1639.

MS. Laud Misc. 629 - Part A (fols. 1–12)

Contents

(fols. 1r-12v)
Richard of Middleton, Commentary on Peter Lombard, Sentences (dist. 1–4 art. 3 qu. 2, with prologue)
Language(s): Latin

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment
Dimensions (leaf): c. 312–26 × 232–40 mm.

Layout

Ruling in lead point, two columns of 63 lines. Ruled space c. 234–41 × 166–71 mm.

Hand(s)

Textualis, Italy, s. xiii2; a single hand, below top line.

Marginalia and corrections, in the text hand, in contemporary and 15th-century hands, the latter from the Mainz Charterhouse.

Decoration

Fleuronnée initials. (P&A i. list, p. 72)

Italy, s. xiii2: (fol. 1ra) a 15-line initial in red and blue, with split body, fine fleuronnée decoration in purple or red, and elaborate borders; otherwise two- or four-line alternately blue and red initials, with fine fleuronnée decoration in either red or purple.

History

Origin: s. xiii2 ; Italian

Provenance

Written in Italy, s. xiii2, to judge from script.

Mainz, Charterhouse St Michael: a 15th-century ex-libris inscription (fol. 12v).

MS. Laud Misc. 629 - Part B (fols. 13–47)

Contents

Language(s): Latin

(fol. 13r–v)
Ps.-Origen, Homily on Maria stabat (excerpt, in the lower margin)

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment
Dimensions (leaf): c. 335–38 × 235–43 mm.

Layout

Ruling in lead point, two columns of 50 lines. Ruled space c. 245–52 × 203–07 mm.

Hand(s)

Late protogothic script, verging on textualis, Germany (Eberbach?), s. xiiiin; a single hand, above top line.

Distinction numbers and marginalia in a hand of s. xv, in lead point; possibly identical with the hand that worked through fascicle C.

Decoration

Good initials. (P&A i. 125)

Mostly blank spaces for initials, not filled, in spite of guides to initials in the margins.

Red header, two red rubrics, in a hand of s. xiv.

History

Origin: s. xiiiin ; German, Eberbach abbey (?)

Provenance

Written in Germany, s. xiiiin, to judge from script, possibly at Eberbach abbey.

The provenance of part B is uncertain; there is a possibility that it was produced at Eberbach abbey and that it formed part of its library, as did part C (see also Palmer, Zisterzienser, 297); cf. also the annotating hand in lead point (see under Hands).

MS. Laud Misc. 629 - Part C (fols. 48-162)

Contents

(fols. 48r–162v)
Peter of Tarentaise, Commentary on Peter Lombard, Sentences (on bk. ii, first redaction)
(fol. 48r-v)
Prologue
(fols. 48v-160v)
Main text
(fols. 160v-162v)
List of quaestiones to each distinction
Language(s): Latin

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment
Dimensions (leaf): c. 340–47 × 235–50 mm.

Layout

Ruling in lead point, two columns of c. 46 or 47 lines. Ruled space c. 211–20 × 151–55 mm.

Hand(s)

French textualis, s. xiii2, probably one hand only.

Decoration

France, s. xiii2: (fol. 48ra) a four-line red and blue parted initial, with fine fleuronnée decoration inside (red) and out (blue); the border runs down the written space; otherwise two- to four-line initials in blue and red, with fine fleuronnée decoration in the contraire color. Alternate paraphs red and blue.

History

Origin: s. xiii2 ; France

Provenance

Evidence of script suggests production in France, s. xiii2.

Cistercian Abbey of Eberbach: a 13th-century ex-libris inscription (fol. 48r).

Additional Information

Record Sources

See above. 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)

Bibliography

Last Substantive Revision

2020-09-22: Description revised for Polonsky digitization project to include additional information from Mairhofer catalogue.