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

MS. Laud Lat. 3

Summary Catalogue no.: 641

Justinian, Codex; Italy, late 13th century


This description is abbreviated from Daniela Mairhofer, Medieval Manuscripts from Würzburg in the Bodleian Library, Oxford: A Descriptive Catalogue (Oxford, 2014), pp. 137-43. For purposes of scholarly citation, reference to the printed catalogue is requested.

(fols. 1ra-249va)
Justinian, Codex

With preliminary constitutions (fols. 1ra-4rb); two layers of gloss, the first that of Simon Vicentinus, the second of Accursius; with many additions.

Language(s): Latin

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment
Extent: i (modern paper) + i (17th century parchment) + i (inserted paper document, see Accompanying material) + 249 + i (modern paper), foliated i-iii, 1-250.
Dimensions (leaf): c. 403-15 × 240-54 mm.


Ruled in lead point, 2-4 columns, 46-50 lines (mostly 47); ruled space of the main text c. 203–13 × 118–34 mm.


Main text in textualis, three main hands.


Fine fleuronnée initials.



Brown tanned calf over laminated pulpboard for Archbishop Laud, 1637-1639.

Accompanying Material

The current fol. iii (attached to fol. ii recto) is a paper document of 1479 issued by the officialis of the prince-bishop of Würzburg; found loose in the volume in 1920.


Origin: 13th century, end ; Italian ; fols. 1-2 added 14th century, first half; France, South

Provenance and Acquisition

The current fol. iii (see Accompanying material) presumably belongs with the book, suggesting that it was at Würzburg by the fifteenth century.

William Laud, 1573-1645: his ex libris, 1637, fol. 2v.

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

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