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MS. Laud Misc. 124

Summary Catalogue no.: 1563

Augustine, Tractatus in evangelium Iohannis (part 3); Würzburg, Domstift, s. ix2/3 (Gozbald).


Language(s): Latin

This description is abbreviated from Daniela Mairhofer, Medieval Manuscripts from Würzburg in the Bodleian Library, Oxford: A Descriptive Catalogue (Oxford, 2014), pp. 391–8. For purposes of scholarly citation, reference to the printed catalogue is requested.

(fol. i recto–verso, modern endleaf) blank. (fol. ii recto–verso, 17th-cent. endleaf) blank, except for a (18th/19th-cent.?) note in pencil. (fol. iii recto–verso, front flyleaf) blank, except for a Bodleian shelfmark and a dedication note.
(fols. 1r–122r)
Augustine, Tractatus in euangelium Iohannis, 55–124

Part III; part II is MS. Laud Misc. 139.

(fol. 122r–v) Notes and pen trials, probably s. x., including list of herbs/plants (recipe?), neums (a mixture of French and St Gall types), dedication verses, and pen trials.
(fol. 123r–v, 17th-cent. endleaf) blank.
(fol. 124r–v, modern endleaf) blank.

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment
Extent: i (modern paper) + i (17th-cent. paper) + 122 + i (17th cent.) + i (modern paper)
Dimensions (leaf): c. 280–88 × 205–15 mm.
Foliation: i–iii, 1–54, 56–124; 55 omitted.


Ruling in hard point; one column of (mostly) 29 or 30 lines. Ruled space c. 222–33 × 166–76 mm.


Carolingian minuscule, s. ix2/3, by several hands belonging to the first Gozbald group.

Musical Notation:

Neums, fol. 122v.


Sketches of uncertain date (Pächt and Alexander i. 16), comprising of (fol. 44r) a human face in profile; (fol. 96v) the head of a beast; (fol. 122v) sketches of a portrait of a man; four compass-drawn circles; an upside down Agnus Dei; simple two- to six-line initials, occasionally decorated.


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


Origin: Germany, Würzburg, St. Kilian ; 9th century, second third (before 855)

Provenance and Acquisition

Written in Würzburg, Domstift St Kilian, s. ix2/3, commissioned/donated to the Domstift by Bp. Gozbald (842–855); contemporary inscription, f. iii verso; 10th-century inscription, f. 122v.

Tenth-century Domstift inscription, fol. 122v.

William Laud, 1573–1645: his ex libris, 1637, fol. 1r.

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).

Digital Images

Digital Bodleian (full digital facsimile)


Last Substantive Revision

2019-06-20: Description revised for Polonsky digitization project to include additional information from Mairhofer catalogue.