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MS. Laud Lat. 22

Summary Catalogue no.: 1200

I–II Maccabees; Germany, s. ix 1/3


This description is abbreviated from Daniela Mairhofer, Medieval Manuscripts from Würzburg in the Bodleian Library, Oxford: A Descriptive Catalogue (Oxford, 2014), pp. 156-62. For purposes of scholarly citation, reference to the printed catalogue is requested.

(fols. 1v-167v)
Maccabees I and II

Old Latin text, corrected from the Vulgate.

(fols. 1v-5r)


(fols. 5r-97v)

I Maccabees

(fols. 97v-99v)


(fols. 99v-167v)

II Maccabees

Language(s): Latin

With infrequent interlinear and marginal glosses in a contemporary hand, at least three of which are in Old High German (probably East Franconian)

Language(s): Latin and German

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment
Extent: i (modern paper) + 167 + i (17th cent. parchment) + i (modern paper), foliated i, 1-169; 49 and 53 double, 80 omitted, 161 and 166 missing, one leaf between 101 and 102 unnumbered.
Dimensions (leaf): c. 206-11 × 150-62 mm.


Ruled in hard point, one column of 16 lines; ruled space c. 141-7 × 113-20 mm.


Carolingian minuscule, one hand.

Musical Notation:

Neums of St Gall type, fol. 91v, accompanying the opening of Walahfrid Strabo, Hymnus de s. Gallo confessore Christi (carm. 72), added 10th century.


Good scribal initials, cf. P&A i. 2, pl. I.

Sketch of a man on a horse, fol. 148v.



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


Origin: 9th century, first third ; German

Provenance and Acquisition

Würzburg, Domstift St Kilian: 15th-century shelfmark, fol. 1r.

William Laud, 1573-1645: his ex libris, 1637, fol. 1r.

Given to the Bodleian as part of his third donation, dispatched on 28 June 1639.

Record Sources

See above. Additional description of the OHG glosses by Nigel Palmer, March 2019. 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

2018-10-05: Description revised for Polonsky digitization project to include additional information from Mairhofer catalogue.