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MS. Laud Misc. 139

Summary Catalogue no.: 1572

Augustine, Tractatus in evangelium Iohannis (part 2); Germany (Niederaltaich and Würzburg), c. 825–850


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. 453–65. For purposes of scholarly citation, reference to the printed catalogue is requested.

(fols. 1r-234v)
Augustine, Tractatus in euangelium Iohannis (part II; part III is MS. Laud Misc. 124)

Made up of an original core of 23 quires, probably written at Niederalteich (fols 1r–21v; 39r–49v; 71r–96v; 98r–123v/1; 124r–125v; 140r–189v/16; 199r–234v) which contained an incomplete selection from the second part of the Tractatus (tract. 14–16, 19, 23–32, 36–45, 48–54 in modern numbering; numbered in the manuscript 14–16, 19, 18–27, 28–37, 38–44). Lacunae and the ten missing tractates were supplied by several almost contemporary hands associated with Würzburg and Niederalteich.

One leaf lost before fol. 70, with loss of text. Leaves in quires 16–18 misbound: the sequence should be fols. 138, 124r-125v/3, 139rv (fol. 139 is an inserted leaf supplied text originally omitted on fol. 125v), 125v/3–40, 140r (etc.).

(fol. 139v)
Sphaera Pythagorae

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment
Extent: ii + 234 + ii leaves
Dimensions (leaf): c. 300–06 × 182–90 mm.
Foliation: i-ii, 1–236


Ruling in hard point, one column of c.27–30 lines. Ruled space c. 223–35 × 123–34 mm.


Carolingian minuscule, written by several hands; the script of Egino identifiable on fols. 7v/5ff, 22r.


Diagram (Sphaera Pythagorae, unfinished). (Pächt and Alexander i. 17)

Initials in the ink of the text; one red initial, fol. 138v.


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


Origin: c. 825–50 ; German, Niederaltaich, Benedictine abbey (?), and Würzburg, St. Kylian

Provenance and Acquisition

The nucleus probably written in Niederalteich (script of fols. 3v/1–7, 40v/1–24, etc., associated with the Gozbald school), the supplement at Würzburg, by hands associated with both Niederalteich and Würzburg. Part of a three-volume set, vol. 1 = Würzburg UB M.p.th.f.74, vol. 3 = MS. Laud Misc 124.

Würzburg, Domstift St Kilian: 12th-century ex-libris inscription, fol. 1r; 15th-century shelfmark of the Domstift, fols. 1r and 2r, upper right-hand margin; perhaps identifiable in the booklist of the Domstift St Kilian from c. 1000 ('Iohannem Augustini').

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.

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

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Last Substantive Revision

2020-05-15: Description revised for Polonsky digitization project to include additional information from Mairhofer catalogue.