MS. Laud Misc. 275
Summary Catalogue no.: 1255
Gregory the Great; South-West Germany/Würzburg?, s. ix1/4
This description is abbreviated from Daniela Mairhofer, Medieval Manuscripts from Würzburg in the Bodleian Library, Oxford: A Descriptive Catalogue (Oxford, 2014), pp. 600-6. For purposes of scholarly citation, reference to the printed catalogue is requested.
Fols. i recto–ii verso blank, except for a Bodleian shelfmark on fol. ii verso.
Between fols. 54/55 a quire missing with loss of text.
Likely ninth century, Main-area; marginal pen glosses in Old High German, and glosses in Latin. Marginal drypoint inscriptions in Latin.
Fol. 118v blank, except for an ex-libris inscription, and several pen trials from s. ix or x.
Ruling in hard point; one column of c. 22–25 lines. Ruled space c. 237–50 × 172–87 mm.
German Insular minuscule, s. ix1/4, by several hands.
Fine initial in early Carolingian style on fol. 1r. Good initials of pre-Carolingian tradition. (P&A i. 3, pl. 1). The pericope of the first homily in gold uncial; at the beginning of a pericope and homily), a scribal initial in pre-Carolingian style, often with interlace.
Marginal drypoint sketches on fols. 3v and 4r, 6v and 114v.
Brown tanned calf over laminated pulpboard for Abp. Laud, 1637–1639.
Provenance and Acquisition
Features point to a South-west German centre with Insular traditions, likely Würzburg, s. ix1/4; certainly since the 9th century in Würzburg (corrections and glosses).
Würzburg, Domstift St Kilian: the 12th-cent. ex-libris inscription, f. 118v; a 15th-century shelfmark of the Domstift, f. 1r.
William Laud, 1573–1645: his ex libris, 1637, fol. 1r.
Given to the Bodleian as part of his third donation, dispatched on 28 June 1639.
Digital Bodleian (full digital facsimile)
Last Substantive Revision
2019-07-18: Description revised for Polonsky digitization project to include additional information from Mairhofer catalogue.