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

MS. Laud Lat. 42

Summary Catalogue no.: 1233

Luke, glossed; France, c. 1200


This description is abbreviated from Daniela Mairhofer, Medieval Manuscripts from Würzburg in the Bodleian Library, Oxford: A Descriptive Catalogue (Oxford, 2014), pp. 191–6. For purposes of scholarly citation, reference to the printed catalogue is requested.

(fols. 1r-116v)
St Luke's Gospel, with glossa ordinaria
(fol. 1r-v)

Prologue with sparse interlinear gloss.

(fols. 2r-116v)

Luke with marginal and interlinear gloss.

Fol. 117r blank.

(fols. 117va-118ra)
Introitus in totam Bibliam

Added by a contemporary hand.

Language(s): Latin

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment
Extent: i (paper) + i (parchment) + 118 + i (parchment) + i (paper), foliated i-ii, 1–119.
Dimensions (leaf): c. 284–88 × 197–203 mm.


Ruled in lead point.

Fols. 1r-1v: 1 col. of 39 lines, ruled space 182 × 141/2 mm.

Fols. 2r-116v: 3 shifting cols., 40 lines, ruled space c. 180–6 × 149–55 mm.

Fols. 117va-118ra: 2 cols., 25–26 lines, ruled space c. 177–82 × 160 mm.


Protogothic, verging on textualis, one hand (except fols. 117va-118ra).


Fine initials on fols. 2r, 2v. (Pächt and Alexander i. 502)

Blue or red initials with foliate decoration in the opposite colour.

Running heads in red and blue.


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


Origin: c. 1200 ; French, east (?)

Provenance and Acquisition

Würzburg, Domstift St Kilian: 13th-century ex libris, 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. 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

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