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MS. Laud Misc. 256

Summary Catalogue no.: 1005

Jerome, Commentary on the Minor Prophets; Würzburg, Domstift, s. ix1/3 (Wolfgar) & 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. 556–62. For purposes of scholarly citation, reference to the printed catalogue is requested.

(fol. 1r-v)

Mainly blank, except for ownership inscriptions and a note of contents, second third of the ninth century on f. 1r.

(fols. 2–151v)
Jerome, Commentary on the Minor Prophets (Micah, Nahum, Zephaniah, Haggai)
(fols. 2r-66r)
Commentary on Micah, with prologue

Stegmüller, Bibl. 3365.

(fol. 2r)
(fols. 2v-31v)
(fols. 66r-v, 68r-96r)
Commentary on Nahum, with prologue

Stegmüller, Bibl. 3366.

(fol. 66r-v)
(fols. 66v-67v)
Commentary on Zechariah: prologue

Stegmüller, Bibl. 3370.

(fols. 68r-96r)
Commentary in Nahum
(fols. 96r-131r)
Commentary on Zephaniah, with prologue

Stegmüller, Bibl. 3368.

(fol. 96r-v)
(fols. 96v-131r)
(fols. 131r-151v)
Commentary on Haggai, with prologue

Stegmüller, Bibl. 3369.

(fol. 131r–v)
(fols. 131v-151v)

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment
Extent: i (17-cent. paper) + i (17-cent. parchment) + 151 + i (17-cent. parchement) + i (17-cent. paper) leaves
Dimensions (leaf): c. 300–05 × 207–12 mm.
Foliation: i–ii, 1–153


Ruling in hard point in one column of 26 lines. Ruled space c. 230–36 × 148–60 mm.


German Anglo-Saxon minuscule, combined with early Carolingian minuscule, ninth century, first third, from Würzburg, Domstift St Kilian, and additions/supplements in Carolingian minuscule, ninth century, second third (Gozbald group).




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


Origin: 9th century, first third and second third ; Germany, Würzburg, St. Kilian

Provenance and Acquisition

Written in Würzburg, Domstift St Kilian, in two stages, based on paleographical evidence: (1) fols. 2r–58v, l. 2, 68r–88r, 103r–128v, l. 12, left unfinished, supplemented by (2) fols 33r–34v (over erased Anglo-Saxon minuscule of the 1st part), 58v, l. 3–67v, of which fols 58v, l. 3–64v largely show erased text and are partly rewritten, 88v–99v, 100r–102v and 128v, l. 13–151v.

Würzburg, Domstift St Kilian: a 12th-century ex-libris inscription, fol. 1r; a 15th-century shelfmark, fol. 2r; entries in the booklist of c. 1000, nos 33–36. Cf. no. 37, and the booklist c. 800, no. 4.

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

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

2019-09-19: Description revised for Polonsky digitization project to include additional information from Mairhofer catalogue.