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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


Added flex punctuation.


Good Canon Tables.

Fine borders.

Fine 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).

Digital Images

Digital Bodleian (full digital facsimile)
Digital Bodleian (6 images from 35mm slides)


Last Substantive Revision

2019-02-07: Description revised for Polonsky to incorporate all information in Palmer, van Dijk, P&A and Quarto catalogues.