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.
Vulgate text with some Vetus Latina readings and with the books in the Vetus Latina order.
Stegmüller, Bibl. 684 & 685.
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.
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.
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.
Last Substantive Revision
2019-03-07: Description revised for Polonsky digitization project to include additional information from Mairhofer catalogue.