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

MS. Laud Misc. 441

Summary Catalogue no.: 859

Glossed books of Job, Tobit, Judith and Esther; 13th century, beginning


Language(s): Latin

1. (fols. 1r-92v)
Job with glossa ordinaria
2. (fols. 93r-107r)
Tobit with glossa ordinaria
3. (fols. 107r-121r)
Judith with glossa ordinaria
4. (fols. 121r-131v)
Esther with glossa ordinaria
5. (fols. 131v-137r)
Ruth with glossa ordinaria

Physical Description

Secundo Folio: cernere
Two production units (fols. 1–92, 93–137, with separate sequences of quire signatures), script and decoration uniform
Form: codex
Support: parchment
Extent: ii + 140 + ii leaves (fols. 25, 111, and 122 doubled)
Dimensions (leaf): 315 × 210 mm.
Dimensions (written): 135–40 × 205–10 mm.
Foliation: i-ii, 1–139


Written in the 'alternating lines' format for up to 48 lines of marginal gloss; the marginal gloss written above top line.

Up to 24 lines of text with interlinear gloss.


Large red and blue puzzle initials (fols. 2v, 93v) with pen-flourishes. Alternating red and blue intials with pen-flourishes. Running headings in red and blue capitals.


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


Origin: 13th century, beginning

Provenance and Acquisition

Origin and medieval provenance uncertain. Regarded by Hunt as written in Germany (annotation to the Quarto catalogue) but perhaps more likely to be French. Hunt suggested (Quarto Catalogue, p. xxiv) that this was one of the volumes acquired for archbishop Laud in Germany; thirteenth- and fourteenth-century annotation in ink and crayon/drypoint, possibly in German script, may lend support to this. Not identifiable in the medieval library catalogues of the Eberbach Cistercians or the Mainz Carthusians.

William Laud, 1573–1645, 1638.

Part of his third donation to the Bodleian, 1639.

Record Sources

Adapted by Tuija Ainonen and Matthew Holford, with additional description (November 2020) from 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

2020-11-05: Description revised for Polonsky digitization project to include additional information from printed descriptions.