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MS. Laud Lat. 90

Summary Catalogue no.: 1002

Genesis and Exodus; Germany (Würzburg), s. xii 3/4


This description is abbreviated from Daniela Mairhofer, Medieval Manuscripts from Würzburg in the Bodleian Library, Oxford: A Descriptive Catalogue (Oxford, 2014), pp. 199-204. For purposes of scholarly citation, reference to the printed catalogue is requested.

Genesis and Exodus
1.1. (fols. 1r-101r)
1.2. (fols. 101v-185r)

Preceded by list of chapters.

Language(s): Latin

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment
Extent: i (17th cent. paper) + i (17th cent. parchment) + 185 + i (17th cent. parchment) + i (17th cent. paper) leaves, foliated i-ii, 1-187.
Dimensions (leaf): c. 279-85 × 205-9 × 45 mm.


Ruled in lead point; one column, 19 written lines. Ruled space c. 200-3 × 137-45 mm.


German protogothic script by one scribe, 'Bertholdus vicarius'.


Fine nine-line historiated initial H, Jacob with his sons (fol. 102r).

Coloured and flourished initials; rubrics; marginal drawings.

Additions: Marginalia, s. xiiex-xiiiin, s. xiii, and s. xv and later.


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


Origin: 12th century, third quarter ; German, Würzburg, St. Kylian

Provenance and Acquisition

Written at the Domstift by Bertholdus de Marmore, cathedral vicar, and given by him to the Domstift (fol. 185v).

William Laud, 1573-1645, by 1637 (fol. 1r).

Part of his third donation to the Bodleian, sent 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) and supplementary sources.

Digital Images

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