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MS. Laud Lat. 108

Summary Catalogue no.: 990

Pauline Epistles; Würzburg, Domstift St Kilian, s. ix1/3.


This description is abbreviated from Daniela Mairhofer, Medieval Manuscripts from Würzburg in the Bodleian Library, Oxford: A Descriptive Catalogue (Oxford, 2014), pp. 326–46. For purposes of scholarly citation, reference to the printed catalogue is requested.

Fols. i-ii; 118–119 17th-cent. endleaves, blank.

(fols. 1r-117v)
Pauline Epistles

Vulgate text with some Vetus Latina readings and with the books in the Vetus Latina order.

1.1. (fols. 1r-2v)
Prologue to Pauline Epistles

Stegmüller, Bibl. 670.

(fols. 3r-4v)
Prologue to Romans

Stegmüller, Bibl. 674.

(fols. 4v-6v)
List of chapters
(fols. 6v-7r)
Prologue to Romans

Stegmüller, Bibl. 677.

(fols. 7r-27r)
(fol. 27r-v)
Prologue to I Corinthians

Stegmüller, Bibl. 684 & 685.

(fols. 27–30r)
List of chapters
(fols. 30r–48r)
I Corinthians
(fols. 48r–49r)
List of chapters
(fol. 49r)
Prologue to II Corinthians

Stegmüller, Bibl. 700.

(fols. 49v-61r)
II Corinthians
(fols. 61r–62v)
List of chapters
(fol. 62v)
Prologue to Galatians

Stegmüller, Bibl. 707.

(fols. 62v–68v)
Galatians (impf.)

Between fols. 68/69 one leaf (originally conjoint with fol. 64) missing, with loss of text

(fol. 69r)
List of chapters
(fol. 69r)
Prologue to Ephesians

Stegmüller, Bibl. 715.

(fols. 69r–75r)
(fol. 75r-v)
List of chapters
(fols. 75v-76r)
Prologue to Philippians

Stegmüller, Bibl. 728.

(fols. 76r-80r)
(fols. 80r-81r)
List of chapters
(fol. 81r)
Prologue to I Thessalonians

Stegmüller, Bibl. 747.

(fols. 81r-85r)
I Thessalonians
(fol. 85r)
List of chapters
(fol. 85r)
Prologue to II Thessalonians

Stegmüller, Bibl. 752.

(fols. 85r-87v)
II Thessalonians
(fols. 87v-88r)
List of chapters
(fol. 88r-v)
Prologue to Colossians

Stegmüller, Bibl. 736.

(fols. 88v-92v)
(fols. 92v-93v)
List of chapters
(fol. 93v)
Prologue to I Timothy

Stegmüller, Bibl. 765.

(fols. 93v-98r)
I Timothy
(fols. 98r-99r)
List of chapters
(fol. 99r)
Prologue to II Timothy

Stegmüller, Bibl. 772.

(fols. 99r-102v)
II Timothy
(fols. 102v-103r)
List of chapters
(fol. 103r)
Prologue to Titus

Stegmüller, Bibl. 780.

(fols. 103r-105r)
(fol. 105r-v)
List of chapters
(fol. 105v)
Prologue to Philemon

Stegmüller, Bibl. 783.

(fols. 105v-106v)
(fols. 106v-107v)
List of chapters
(fol. 107v)
Prologue to Hebrews

Stegmüller, Bibl. 794.

(fols. 107v-117v)
Hebrews (impf., until 11:34)
Language(s): Latin

Added ninth or tenth century, probably in Wurzburg; five interlinear pen glosses and several scratch glosses in Old High German, and other glosses in Latin.

Language(s): Old High German (East Franconian?) and Latin

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment
Extent: ii (17th cent., fol. i paper) + 117 + ii (17th cent., fol. 119 paper)
Dimensions (leaf): c. 251–70 × 200–13 mm.
The margins trimmed (affecting a few quire signatures, and sometimes marginalia, or initials).
Foliation: i-ii, 1–119


Ruling in hard point, on hair-side only; one column of 21 lines. Ruled space c. 203–07 × 145–50 mm.


Late German Anglo-Saxon minuscule, s. ix1/3, by six or more hands.


Good initials. Anglo-Saxon script and decoration. (Pächt and Alexander iii. 12, pl. I). Würzburg, s. ix1/3, decorated in Insular style: initials, with distinctive interlace, to each Epistle, incl. the 1st prol. (fol. 1r); the initial, and often the first line of text framed with red dots; fols. 30r, 49v, 63r & 99v with animal head(s); initials to minor textual units equally decorated and often enclosed by red dots; the opening word(s) of each Epistle in large monumental capitals; highlighted majuscules; fol. 27r–v sketches of initials, scratched in the parchment and in ink.


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


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

Provenance and Acquisition

Written very likely in Würzburg, Domstift St Kilian, s. ix1/3 (cf. LsK 13, 56f., 157 & n. 255), suggested by the strong palaeographical connection with other MSS from the Domstift.

A 15th-cent. shelfmark of the Domstift, fol. 1r (the upper left-hand margin)

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.

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)
Digital Bodleian (2 images from 35mm slides)


Last Substantive Revision

2019-03-07: Description revised for Polonsky digitization project to include additional information from Mairhofer catalogue.