MS. Laud Misc. 263
Summary Catalogue no.: 1000
Gregory the Great, De cura pastorali; Excarpsus Cummeani; Mainz (?), c. 800 & Mainz, s. ix.
This description is abbreviated from Daniela Mairhofer, Medieval Manuscripts from Würzburg in the Bodleian Library, Oxford: A Descriptive Catalogue (Oxford, 2014), pp. 565-79. For purposes of scholarly citation, reference to the printed catalogue is requested.
Additions in Carolingian minuscule
Between fols 16/17 three quires are missing, with loss of text; fragments of these missing quires are preserved in Würzburg, UB, M.p.j.f.7.
Added 9th or 10th century, probably in Würzburg; three interlinear and one marginal pen glosses and several scratch glosses in Old High German, and other glosses in Latin.
Added in a hand s. ixin. The glossary in Hebrew, Greek, and Latin (in roman alphabet), laid out in three unruled cols.
Several pen trials by a Carolingian hand s. xex.
Added antiphon and prayers, s. ix or x
Added in Maintz in Carolingian minuscule in s. ixin. Redemption texts, fol. 77r between (ed.) c. 11 & 12.
Various interlinear and marginal notes and pen trials in Carolingian minuscule by several hands s. ix–x throughout the volume.
Ruling in hard point; one column of mostly 27 lines. Ruled space c. 249–60 × 153–57 mm.
Fols. 2r–65v: German Anglo-Saxon minuscule, c. 800. Written by 'Willibaldus diaconus', fol. 65v, probably at Mainz c. 800. Other leaves of the MS. are in the Universitätsbibliothek, Würzburg. (P&A iii. 5, pl. 1).
Fols. 1r-v, 65v & 66r–81v: Carolingian minuscule of the early and later 9th century.
Neums, fols. 1r and 81v.
A large Insular initial P on fol. 2r. Monumental capitals, occasional initials, red rubrics in uncials.
Fols. 2r-65v: initials in the ink of the text.
Fols 66r-81v: initials in red or the ink of the text.
Fols 66r-81v: rubrics
Pen drawings on fol. 81r of a hoofed animal, a face of a man, and a bird (?).
Brown tanned calf over laminated pulpboard for Abp. Laud, 1637–1639.
Provenance and Acquisition
Fols 2r–65v: Written in an Anglo-Saxon centre in Germany, most likely at Mainz, around 800, by ‘Willibaldus diaconus’; the manuscript was certainly at Mainz early in the 9th century, as is shown by the script of the additions.
The glossary (fol. 65v) and the Excarpsus (fols. 66r-81r) written in a Carolingian minuscule typical for Mainz, s. ixin, by two hands.
Würzburg, Domstift St Kilian, the change of location from Mainz to Würzburg probably took place around 900: a 15th-cent. shelfmark of the Domstift, 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.
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Last Substantive Revision
2019-07-05: Description revised for Polonsky digitization project to include additional information from Mairhofer catalogue.