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

MS. Laud Lat. 112

Summary Catalogue no.: 894


(fols. 1r-180v)
Livy, Ab urbe condita (first, third and fourth decades)

The third begins at fol. 68r and the fourth at fol. 132r.

Language(s): Latin

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment
Extent: ii (modern paper) + 181 + ii (modern paper) folios
Dimensions (leaf): 450 × 290 mm.
Foliation: i-ii, 1-50, 51a, 51b, 52-182


Catchwords suggest 1(10)-6(10), 7(eight) (fols. 1-67 including 51a, b) | 8(10)-13(10), 14(four) (fols. 68-131) | 15(10)-18(10), 19(nine) (fols. 132-180)


Mould damage, especially at the beginning and end; extensive 19th-century repairs.


Ruled in plummet for 2 columns of c. 73-75 lines. Ruled space 315 × 185 mm.


Fere-humanistic bookhand.


Fine miniature (defaced), fol. 1r.

Historiated initials at the beginning of decades, fol. 68r, fol. 132r.

Alternating red and blue initials flourished in the opposite colour: 7-line at the beginning of books, 3-line at the beginning of chapters.


Laudian binding, sewn on five bands. Rebacked.

Accompanying Material

Fragment of 17th-century English shorthand between fols. 63 and 64.


Origin: 15th century, beginning ; Italian, Verona (?)

Provenance and Acquisition

William Laud, 1573–1645: 1637

Part of his third donation to the Bodleian, 1639. Former shelfmark D. 127.

Record Sources

Description adapted (May 2021) from the following sources, with additional physical description and description of decoration:
Otto Pächt and J. J. G. Alexander, Illuminated Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library, Oxford, II (1970), no. 628 and pl. LXI (localization, date)
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 (1 image from 35mm slides)

Last Substantive Revision

2021-05: Record revised with reference to manuscript and published descriptions