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MS. Laud Lat. 20

Summary Catalogue no.: 1101

A: Hugh of Saint-Victor, 12th century, end; B: Isaiah, with gloss, c. 1200

Physical Description

Composite: fols. 1–81 || 82–249
Form: codex
Support: parchment
Extent: 249 leaves
Dimensions (leaf): 247 × 170 mm.
Dimensions (written): 190 × 119 mm.


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


Provenance and Acquisition

William Laud, 1573–1645, 1637.

Part of his third donation to the Bodleian, 1639.

MS. Laud Lat. 20 – Part 1 (fols. 1r-81)


(fols. 1v-81r; 81v blank)
Hugh of Saint-Victor, Homilies on Ecclesiastes
Incipit: Que de libro salomonis qui ęcclesiastes dicitur
Incipit: Quis est stultus? Audi. Qui nescit prouidere in posterum (PL 175.255A)
Language(s): Latin

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment


Red initials with a little decoration.


Origin: 12th century, end


Eberbach, Cistercian abbey: ex libris, 'Liber virginis gloriose matris nostri saluatoris', and another upside down: 'Liber Sancte Marie Virginis In Ebirbaco' (fol. 1r)

Part 1 identifiable as d 37 in the Eberbach library catalogue of 1502.

MS. Laud Lat. 20 – Part 2 (fols. 82r-249v)


Language(s): Latin

(fol. 82r; 82v blank)
Commentary on Isaiah 3:18–24
Incipit: In die illa scilicet iudicii aufert dominus per manifestacionem
Explicit: discutiens se ipsum et opera sua nescit utrum odio an amore dignus sit

Thirteenth-century cursive hand.

(fols. 83r-249r)
Isaiah, with glossa ordinaria
Incipit: (preface) Nemo cum prophetas uersibus uiderit esse descriptos
Explicit: diuitis insultarent

Stegmüller, Bibl. 482

Incipit: (gloss) Jer. Nemo putet me ysaiam posse breuiter exponere
Incipit: (gloss) (fol. 84v) Aimo. Visio Ysaie Tria sunt genera uisionis. Primum corporale
Explicit: (gloss) Saciabuntur quoque de beatitudine sua agentes gratias. uisa impiorum ineffabili pena. Non mirum si sancti iam immortales reprobos uideant. cum prophete adhuc mortales hec omnia uidere meruerint

Very extensive additional glossing in a thirteenth-century cursive hand on fols. 83r-98r.

(fol. 249v)

Notes of passages from Isaiah, linked to occasions for preaching (?): 'in sinodo', 'in claustro', 'contra prelatos', etc. Thirteenth-century cursive hand.

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment


Gold initial on coloured background (fol. 85r).

Fleuronnée initial (fol. 83r).

Coloured initials.


Origin: c. 1200


Eberbach, Cistercian abbey: ex libris, partially erased: Liber virginis gloriose In hic est Marie (fol. 83r)

Additional Information

Record Sources

Description adapted by Tuija Ainonen and Matthew Holford (January 2020) from the following sources (with additional description of the contents and ex libris):
Nigel F. Palmer, Zisterzienser und ihre Bücher: die mittelalterliche Bibliotheksgeschichte von Kloster Eberbach im Rheingau (Regensburg, 1998), pp. 269, 284 [physical description, date, provenance]
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 (full digital facsimile)
Digital Bodleian (1 image from 35mm slides)


Last Substantive Revision

2020-01-02: Description revised for Polonsky digitization project to include additional information from printed descriptions.