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MS. Laud Misc. 135

Summary Catalogue no.: 1554

Augustine, De civitate dei. Würzburg, Domstift, or Niederaltaich, c. 825–55.


This description is abbreviated from Daniela Mairhofer, Medieval Manuscripts from Würzburg in the Bodleian Library, Oxford: A Descriptive Catalogue (Oxford, 2014), pp. 444-50. For purposes of scholarly citation, reference to the printed catalogue is requested.

fols. i–ii recto–verso blank, except for a 17th-cent. note of contents, and some notes.

(fols. 1r–218v)
Augustine , De civitate Dei (bks. viii–xviii; bks. i–vii are MS. Laud Misc. 120)
Language(s): Latin
(f. 192r)

Added s. ix (after 842), interlinear pen gloss in Old High German.

Language(s): Old High German (East Fraconian)

fols. 219r–220v blank.

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment
Extent: ii + 219 + ii
Dimensions (leaf): c. 290-300 × 218-224 mm.
The margins trimmed, affecting marginalia and quire signatures.
Foliation: i–ii, 1–81, 82a, 82b, 83-220


Ruling in one column of 28–32, mostly 30 lines in hard point. Ruled space c. 230-55 × 163-82 mm.


Carolingian minuscule, c. 825–55, likely 825-842, by several hands belonging to the second Gozbald group and originating in the abbey of Niederaltaich.


Monochrome initials, c. 825-55. (P&A i. 9). Simple two- to four-line initials, in the ink of the text; on fol. 1r a three-line initial, the body filled with ink; on fol. 158r a nine-line initial P with interlace.


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


Provenance and Acquisition

Written between 825–855, at the order of Bp. Gozbald: inscribed, fol. 218v. Based on the script it is likely that the copy was written when Gozbald was still abbot of Niederaltaich Abbey, i.e. between 825 and 842.

Würzburg, Domstift St Kilian: 13th-century ex-libris, f. 1r; 15th-century shelfmark, fol. 1r

William Laud, 1573-1645: his ex libris, 1637, fol. ii verso.

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

Last Substantive Revision

2019-06-27: Description revised for Polonsky digitization project to include additional information from Mairhofer catalogue.