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MS. Laud Misc. 120

Summary Catalogue no.: 1358

Augustine, De civitate dei; Würzburg, Domstift, c. 842–55 (Gozbald).


This description is abbreviated from Daniela Mairhofer, Medieval Manuscripts from Würzburg in the Bodleian Library, Oxford: A Descriptive Catalogue (Oxford, 2014), pp. 366-72. For purposes of scholarly citation, reference to the printed catalogue is requested.

1. (fol. 1r–v)
Sermo de nativitate domini
Incipit: Redemptoris quidem nostri dilectissimi natiuitatem secundum carnem celebrantes iuxta posse nostrę intellegencie. de tantę festiuitatis die aliquid uobis enarrare \satagimus/ studuimus. Dignum quippe cernitur

Added, 10th century, verso upside down.

2. (fols. 2r–164v)
Augustine, De civitate Dei (bks. i-vii; bks. viii-xviii are MS. Laud Misc. 135)

MS. Laud Misc. 120 is later than MS. Laud Misc. 135, containing bks viii-xviii, and was apparently writen as a supplement.

Language(s): Latin
3. (fol. 164v)
Historia s. Nicolai

Added, 11th century; neumed: antiphon (cao 4051), invitatory (cao 1056), antiphons (cao 3888, 4336 & 4408), response (cao 6310), with versicle (cao 6310a).

Fols. 165r-166v blank, except for a few 10th- or 11th-century notes and pen trials on 165v.

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment
Extent: i (17th-century paper) + i (17-century) + 165 + i (17th century paper) leaves
Dimensions (leaf): c. 260–67 × 171–80 mm.
Foliation: i–ii, 1–166


Ruling in hard point, one column of 30 lines. Ruled space c. 208–21 × 111–36 mm.


Carolingian minuscule, c. 842–855, by several hands belonging to the late Hunbert and the fist Gozbald groups.

Musical Notation:

Added neums of the Würzburg type, fol. 164v (see item 3).




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


Origin: Germany, Würzburg, St. Kilian ; c. 842-855

Provenance and Acquisition

Writen in Würzburg, Domstift St Kilian, c. 842–855, at the commission of Bp. Gozbald: note on fol. 164v.

Domstift shelfmark, 15th century, fol. 2r.

William Laud, 1573–1645: his ex libris, 1637, fol. 2r.

Given to the Bodleian as part of his third donation, dispatched on 28 June 1639.

Record Sources

See above. 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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Last Substantive Revision

2019-08-02: Description revised for Polonsky digitization project to include additional information from Mairhofer catalogue.