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MS. Laud Lat. 47

Summary Catalogue no.: 1249

Physical Description

Composite: two manuscripts (fols. 1-153, fols. 154-189) together by 1341
Form: codex
Extent: i + 153 + 36 + 1 + i fols., foliated i, 1-191

History

Provenance and Acquisition

Eberbach, Cistercian abbey: both parts with ex libris dated 1341 (fols. 1r, 155r).

Identifiable as G 21 in the Eberbach library catalogue of 1502.

William Laud, 1573-1645, 1637.

Part of his third donation to the Bodleian, 1639.

MS. Laud Lat. 47 - Part 1 (fols. 1-153)

Contents

Language(s): Latin

1. (fols. 1r-90v)
Ps.-Dionysius the Areopagite, Opera omnia (tr. Johannes Scotus Erigena , in the edition by Anastasius Bibliothecarius)
Rubric: (fol. 4r-v) In hoc volumine continentur libri sancti Dionisii Ariopagite, quos Johannes Fruigena transtulit de Greco in Latinum, jubente gloriosissimo rege Karolo, Ludewici imperatoris filio
(fol. 1r)

Verse preface of Erigena (= Carmina vii.1, ‘Hanc libam’), as pr. PL 122.1029-30, MGH Poet. III.547.

(fols. 1r-4r)

Prefatory letter of Erigena to Charles the Bald, as pr. PL 122.1031-36.

(fols. 4v-23r)
De caelesti hierachia
(fol. 4v)

Table of chapters for bk. 1 (PL 122.1035-6)

(fol. 5)

Epigram, followed by Erigena, Carmina vii.2 (‘Lumine sidereo’)

PL 122.1037-8, MGH Poet. III.548.

(fols. 5v-23r)

[text]

(fols. 23r-45v)
De ecclesiastica hierarchia
(fols. 23r-v)

Epigram and capitula (PL 122.1069-72).

(fols. 23v-45v)

[text]

(fols. 45v-78r)
De divinis nominibus
(fols. 45v-46r)

Epigram and capitula (PL 122.1111-12)

(fols. 46r-78r)

[text]

(fols. 78r-80v)
De mystica theologia
(fol. 78r-v)

Heading (PL 122.1171 note a) and capitula

(fols. 78v-80v)

[text]

(fols. 80v-90v)
Epistolae
(fol. 80v)

Heading (PL 122.1175 note a) and capitula (PL 122.1175-6).

(fols. 80v-90v)

[text]

Final rubric: Expletę sunt decem epistolę Dyonysii Ariopagitę archiepiscopi

Marginal and interlinear gloss:

Anastasius Bibliothecarius, Scholia in Dionysium Areopagitam
Incipit: Quia prisci sancti cognomini que cum essent gentiles habebant (first marginal gloss to Caelestia hierarchia, epigram)
Incipit: Quia utitur magnus Dionisius catholica Jacobi epistola (marginal gloss to Caelestia hierarchia, c. 1)
(fols. 90r-91v)

Extracts (‘fragmenta Eusebiana’)

Extracts relating to the Dionysian corpus and often circulating with it: see R. Forrai, ‘The Interpreter of the Popes. The Translation Project of Anastasius Bibliothecarius’ (PhD, Budapest, Central European University, 2008) [pdf], 139-47 and 200-204 (edition of text).

(fol. 90r)
Rubric: Polycrati successoris archiepiscopi ephesis ex epistula ad uictorem successorem archiepiscopum
Incipit: Et enim per asiam magna elementa dormiunt
Explicit: in epheso dormit

Extract from Polycrates of Ephesus

(fol. 90r-91r)
Rubric: Clementis presbiteri alexandrię ducis scolę ex super scripto suo sermone quis saluatus diues
Incipit: Ut avtem confidas sic penitens uere tibi manet salutis spes
Explicit: Iterum generationis tropheum resurrectionis conspicuę
Final rubric: Huius historię meminit eusebius pamphili et johannis episcopus constantini

Extract from Clement of Alexandria, Quis dives salvetur (c. 42; cf. PG 9.647-52).

(fols. 91r-v)
Rubric: Philonis de ex circumcisione credentibus in egypto christianis simul et monachis ex suprascripto ab eo sermone de uita theorica aut de orantibus
Incipit: Multiplex qui^dem^ orbis terrarum est genus
Explicit: et evsebius pamphili in ecclesiastica hystoria

Short extracts from Philo of Alexandria, De vita contemplativa (21-22, 25, 28-9, 34-5, 68, 78), here as six items rather than the usual seven.

Fol. 92r blank.

2. (fol. 92va-93va)
Ps.-Paul; Ps.-Seneca, Letters
Rubric: Incipit prologus sancti Hieronomi in libro epistolarum Senece

= De viris illustribus c. 12.

(fol. 92va)
Rubric: Incipiunt epistule Senece ad Paulum
(fol. 93va)
Rubric: Epitaphivm Senece
Incipit: Cura, labor, meritum

As pr. Anthologia Latina 667

3. (fol. 93vb-153vb)
Seneca, Epistulae morales
Rubric: Incipiunt epistole Senece ad Lucillium liber primus
Final rubric: Expliciunt liber \xiii. epistolarum/ Senece ad Lucilium \et deficiunt adhuc libri quatuor/

91 letters.

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment
Dimensions (leaf): 323 × 220 mm.
Dimensions (written): 220 × 122 mm.

Decoration

‘Silhouette’ initials in red and green.

Partly worked over in 14th century with fleuronnée penwork (probably when part 2 was written). (P&A i. 95)

History

Origin: 12th century, end; added decoration, 14th century (before 1341) ; German

MS. Laud Lat. 47 - Part 2 (fols. 154-189)

Contents

Fol. 154r blank.

Fol. 154v, short note on the works of ⟨Ps.-⟩Dionysius, their translations and commentators.

(fol. 155)
Hugh of Saint-Victor, Commentary on Ps-Dionysius the Areopagite, De caelesti hierarchia
Rubric: Incipit prefatio magistri Hugonis Canonici Ecclesie Sancti Victoris super Jerarchiam theologi Dyonisii Ariopagite de differentia mundane theologie atque diuine (et) de demonstrationibus earum
Explicit: O Thymothee priusquam de visibilibus focioribus angelorum||

Imperfect at end.

Language(s): Latin

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment
Dimensions (leaf): 323 × 220 mm.
Dimensions (written): 220 × 122 mm.

Decoration

Red initials, some with simple penwork decoration.

History

Origin: 14th century, first half (before 1341) ; German

Additional Information

Record Sources

Description adapted (April 2019) by Matthew Holford, with additional description of textual content, from the following sources:
Nigel F. Palmer, Zisterzienser und ihre Bücher: die mittelalterliche Bibliotheksgeschichte von Kloster Eberbach im Rheingau (Regensburg, 1998), p. 284 [date, physical description, provenance]
Otto Pächt and J. J. G. Alexander, Illuminated Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library Oxford, I (1966), no. 95 [part 1: decoration, origin]
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 (3 images from 35mm slides)

Bibliography