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MS. Laud Lat. 35

Summary Catalogue no.: 1153

Tripartite psalter; Würzburg, c. 833–842


This description is abbreviated from Daniela Mairhofer, Medieval Manuscripts from Würzburg in the Bodleian Library, Oxford: A Descriptive Catalogue (Oxford, 2014), pp. 164–76. For purposes of scholarly citation, reference to the printed catalogue is requested.

(fols. 1r-199vb)
Tripartite Psalter
(fols. 1r-9v)

Jerome, ep. 106 (fols. 7v-9v added 11th century).

(fol. 10ra)

Jerome's prologue.

(fol. 10va)

Psalter in three columns (Gallican, Roman, and Hebrew); the Gallican text glossed, 9th century.

Collects added in the lower margins, fols. 10v-198r, 11th century.

(fol. 199ra)

Canticles, Roman and Gallican versions.

Marginal and other additions, some contemporary, some 11th century.

Language(s): Latin

Latin glossing; at least three drypoint inscriptions with Old High German personal names.

Language(s): Latin and Old High German

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment
Extent: ii (modern paper) + i (17th century parchment) + 199 + i (17th century parchment) folios, foliated i*, ii*, i, 1–200.
Dimensions (leaf): c. 321–8 × 254–67 mm.


Ruled in hardpoint.

Fols. 1r-9v: 1 column of 32 or mostly 33 lines, ruled space 259–70 × 207–12 mm.

Fols. 10r ff.: 3 columns of 32–33 lines, ruled space 255–67 × 200–17 mm.


Carolingian minuscule by several hands.

Musical Notation:

Neums, adiastematic South German type, accompany some added texts.


Initials. (Pächt and Alexander i. 7)



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


Origin: c. 832–842 ; German, Würzburg, St. Kylian ; additions, 11th century

Provenance and Acquisition

Made for the abbey of St. Kylian, Würzburg, probably under bishop Hunbert (832–42) with a group of other manuscripts commissioned for the abbey by Hunbert.

Würzburg, Domstift St Kilian: 15th-century shelfmark, fol. 2r.

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 glosses by Nigel Palmer, March 2019. Previously described in:
Elizabeth Solopova, Latin Liturgical Psalters in the Bodleian Library: A Select Catalogue (Oxford, 2013), pp. 401–4
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

2018-10-08: Fuller summary of Mairhofer's catalogue created for Polonsky German manuscripts project.