A catalogue of Western manuscripts at the Bodleian Libraries and selected Oxford colleges

MS. Laud Misc. 254

Summary Catalogue no.: 1006

Jerome on the Minor Prophets; Germany (?Weißenburg), 9th century, middle


Jerome, Commentary on the Minor Prophets (part I: Hosea-Nahum)

Amos, fol. 63r; Jonah, fol. 102v; Obadiah, fol. 118v; Micah, fol. 127v; Nahum, fol. 163r. Contemporary table of contents, fol. 1r.

Language(s): Latin

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment
Extent: 182 medieval leaves
Dimensions (leaf): 313 × 238 mm.
Dimensions (written): 222 × 173 mm.


2 cols., 31 lines


Several hands, mostly divided according to quires (Bischoff 2004)

Musical Notation:

Interlinear neums added, fol. 105r (Bischoff 2004).



Plain initials.


Calf over pasteboard: standard binding of the Laudian collection.

Former chained binding, chained at the head of the front board (rust marks on fols. ii, 1).


Origin: 9th century, second third ; Germany, perhaps Weißenburg Abbey (Bischoff 2004)

Provenance and Acquisition

Lorsch, Benedictine abbey: perhaps already there in the 9th century, on the evidence of corrections (Bischoff 2004).

Eberbach, Cistercian abbey: possibly identifiable as F17 in the 1502 catalogue (N. Palmer, Zisterzienser und ihre Bücher (1998), p. 238). Late-medieval leaf signatures as found in other Lorsch/Eberbach manuscripts (Summary Catalogue II.i.38). The manuscript was probably removed from Lorsch to Eberbach between 1233 and 1245 while Lorsch was administered by monks from Eberbach (Palmer, p. 18).

William Laud, acquired 1638.

Part of his third donation to the Bodleian, 1639.

Record Sources

Description adapted (July 2022) from the following sources, with additional reference to published literature as cited:
N. Palmer, Zisterzienser und ihre Bücher (1998), pp. 101, 238, 291
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)
Bibliotheca Laureshamensis – digital (full facsimile)


    Michael Kautz, Bibliothek und Skriptorium des ehemaligen Klosters Lorsch: Katalog der erhaltenen Handschriften (Wiesbaden, 2016)
    Bernhard Bischoff, Katalog der festländischen Handschriften des neunten Jahrhunderts II (2004) no. 3850
    Bernhard Bischoff, Die Abtei Lorsch im Spiegel ihrer Handschriften, 2nd ed. (1989), 58, 112-13

Last Substantive Revision

2022-07: Description revised with reference to cited catalogues and literature.