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

MS. Laud Lat. 117

Summary Catalogue no.: 1253

Servius; Donatus grammaticus; Germany, s. xi.


Language(s): Latin

This description is abbreviated from Daniela Mairhofer, Medieval Manuscripts from Würzburg in the Bodleian Library, Oxford: A Descriptive Catalogue (Oxford, 2014), pp. 309–13. For purposes of scholarly citation, reference to the printed catalogue is requested.

(fol. i, modern endleaf) blank. (fol. ii, 17th-cent. endleaf) blank.
1. (fols. 1r–153v)
Servius, Commentary on Virgil, Aeneid (start lost)
2. (fols. 153v-154r)
Donatus Grammaticus, Vita Vergili (imperf.)
3. (fols. 154r-v)
Servius, De finalibus syllabis (excerpt)

GL IV. 449.9–452.17

(fol. 155, 17th-cent. endleaf) blank. (fol. 156, modern endleaf) blank.

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment
Extent: ii (17th cent.) + 154 + ii (17th cent.) leaves
Dimensions (leaf): c. 310–15 × 217–23 mm.
Foliation: i-ii, 1–156


Ruling in hard point; one column of 35–37 lines. Ruled space c. 230–41 × 131–48 mm.


Late German Carolingian minuscule, s. xi, by several hands.


Plain two- to four-line initials in red or the ink of the text to bks 6–12; (item 2) a three-, (item 3) a two-line initial in the ink of the text.


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


Origin: 11th century ; Germany

Provenance and Acquisition

Written in Germany, s. xi, based on palaeographical features.

Würzburg, Domstift St Kilian (?): (fol. 128v) at the upper margin ‘Kilianus bonus’, and (fol. 130v) ‘pequs [?] Kilianus’.

William Laud, 1573–1645: his ex libris, 1638, fol. 1r.

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)


Last Substantive Revision

2019-06-20: Description revised for Polonsky digitization project to include additional information from Mairhofer catalogue.