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MS. Laud Lat. 14

Summary Catalogue no.: 947

A Albertus Sigebergensis, Glossarium in Vetus et Novum Testamentum, Germany, 14th century, beginning; B Leviticus, glossed, France (?), 13th century, beginning

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. 103-111. For purposes of scholarly citation, reference to the printed catalogue is requested.
Composite: fols. 1-35 || fols. 36-114
Form: codex
Support: parchment
Extent: iii + 115 + ii leaves
Foliation: i-iii, 1-117

Binding

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

History

Provenance and Acquisition

The composite manuscript, in its present form, is an English production: two fascicles, one from the Mainz Charterhouse, the other from the Cistercian Abbey of Eberbach, bound together since the late 1630s.

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 Lat. 14 - Part A (fols. 1-35)

Contents

1. (fols. 1r-30v)
Glosses

Contemporary contextual glosses, entered with a pen.

C. Wich-Reif, ‘Das Bibelglossar von Albert von Siegburg und seine Tradition’, in Entwicklungsetappen in der Geschichte der deutschen Sprache. Symposion an der Freien Universität Berlin vom 28. Juni bis 2. Juli 2000, ed. H. Simmler, Berliner Sprachwissenschaftliche Studien 2 (Berlin, 2002) 335–79, passim; Glossenhandschriften 728 (Mainz, s. xiii).

Language(s): German
2. (fols. 30v-35r)
Sermons and excerpts

Anonymous. At the foot of fol. 35r an excerpt from Gregory the Great, Homiliae xl in evangelia, hom. 1. 1.

Various hands, s. xiv1.

Language(s): Latin
3. (fol. 35v)
Easter prayers

Includes several pen trials, s. xiv2/4.

Language(s): Latin

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment
Dimensions (leaf): c. 127-219 × 150-68 mm.

Layout

Ruling pattern changes with the hands: (fols. 1ra–32rb) in the section of hands A1 & A2: in lead point; A3: in ink. Two columns, of mostly 42 lines. Ruled space c. 164–71 × 120–24 mm.

(fols. 32v ff.) ruled in lead point, or not at all; one column, of 17–51, mostly unruled, lines. c. 72–193 125–50

Hand(s)

Item 1: German textualis, s. xivin, one main hand, A1 (fols. 1ra–30vb).

Items 2 & 3: either contemporary or slightly younger, but still of s. xiv: A2) (fols. 30vb–31rb); A3) (fol. 31va–vb) possibly identical with hand A2; A4) (fols. 32v–34r); A5) (fol. 35r); A6) (fol. 35v) textualis formata.

Annotations in contemporary up to 15th-century hands; maniculae.

A hand of s. xv sporadically added red rubrics.

Decoration

Item 1: Majuscules highlighted in red. One- or seven-line plain red initials, some with acanthus decoration.

Item 1: Cancellations (to delete) and rubrics in red.

Item 2 (fols. 30v–31r): Red rubrics, paraphs, and underlining.

History

Origin: 14th century, beginning ; German

Provenance

Mainz, Charterhouse St Michael: the late 14th-century ex-libris inscription at the lower outer margin of fol. 1r; possibly identical with H XXV S in cat. ii.

MS. Laud Lat. 14 - Part B (fols. 36-115)

Contents

(fols. 36v-114r)
Leviticus, with gloss (not glossa ordinaria)

Fols. 36r, 114r-115v blank, except for the ex-libris inscription of Eberbach abbey (upper part of fol. 114v) and scribbling (fol. 115r).

Language(s): Latin

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment
Dimensions (leaf): c. 212-224 × 145-157 mm.

Layout

Ruling in lead point, (fol. 36v) in two, thereafter three columns of maximum 42 lines; the lines of the central column more generously spaced; extra lines for the interlinear gloss, which is ruled for ad hoc. Ruled space c. 150–60 × 110–30 mm.

Hand(s)

French protogothic script, s. xiiiin, below top line.

Decoration

Blank spaces left for initials.

History

Origin: 13th century, beginning ; France (?)

Provenance

Cistercian Abbey of Eberbach: 13th-century ex-libris inscriptions (upper half of fol. 114v). Probably to be identified with ‘a 4’ of the Libraria minor (Palmer, Zisterzienser, 183, 261 & 284). The glossed Leviticus is the smallest Bible manuscript of the Eberbach collection known to have survived (Palmer, Zisterzienser, 155).

Additional Information

Last Substantive Revision

2020-09-14: Description revised for Polonsky digitization project to include additional information from Mairhofer catalogue.