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MS. Laud Lat. 27

Summary Catalogue no.: 1098



The four Gospels (fols. 17v, 73v, 115v, 177), preceded by canon tables (fols. 2r-9v), and by Jerome's preface to the Gospels (Stegmüller 595), fols. 10r.-16v

Followed by:

Capitulare evangeliorum (use of regular canons)

Christmas tide (fol. 221), the months January-March (fol. 222), Septuagesima-Easter (fol. 225), the months April-December (fol. 229), votive masses (fol. 239) and masses for the dead (fol. 240).

Dedication of the church, 13 May.

Language(s): Latin

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment
Extent: i + 240 + i fol.
Dimensions (leaf): 235 × 175 mm.
Dimensions (written): 175 × 110 mm.


23 lines


Good Canon Tables. Fine borders, initials. The beginnings of the Gospels are written in gold or minium on purple. Close in style to Wolfenbüttel, Herzog-August Bibliothek, Cod. Guelf. 426 Helmst.(P&A i. 24, pl. II)

Each gospel preceded by 2 full-page miniatures on a purple background.

Additions: super mortuos (fol. 240v)


Origin: 10th century, second half ; German, Lower Saxony, Corvey, Benedictine abbey (?) or Hildesheim, Benedictine abbey (?)

Provenance and Acquisition

Eberbach, Cistercian abbey: ex libris, 12th century, fol. 1v: ‘Liber sanctae Mariae de Everbach’.

Identifiable as a20 or a21 in the Eberbach library catalogue of 1502.

William Laud, 1573-1645, 1637.

Part of his third donation to the Bodleian, 1639.

Record Sources

Description adapted (2019) from the following sources:
Nigel F. Palmer, Zisterzienser und ihre Bücher: die mittelalterliche Bibliotheksgeschichte von Kloster Eberbach im Rheingau (Regensburg, 1998), p. 284 [origin, date, provenance]
Otto Pächt and J. J. G. Alexander, Illuminated Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library Oxford, I (1966), no. 24 [decoration]
S. J. P. Van Dijk, Handlist of the Latin Liturgical Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library Oxford : Vol. 1: Mass Books (typescript, 1957), p. 25 [contents, physical description]
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).

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