MS. Bodl. 113
Summary Catalogue no.: 1971
Language(s): Latin with some rubrics in Middle English
. St David (1 March) and St Erkenwald (30 April) are in red.
St Catherine and Margaret (fol. 8v), St Ann, St Ursula, St Erasmus and some added salutations
Ending abruptly at none. At lauds a set of commemorations (fol. 34) was added on inserted leaves, the first two of which are in honour of St Wulstan (‘Ave pater Wolstane pastor’) and St Oswald (‘Exultet spiritus moster in deo salutari’)
For grace before and after meals: ‘Here begynnyth the hole grace boke with alle the gracys of the year’, rubric in English
Several leaves missing after fol. 53, one after fol. 70.
16 long lines
Initials. (Pächt and Alexander iii. 922, pl. LXXXVI)
Illuminated initials at the Hours of the Lady office and the commendation; the others are missing.
On fol. 13v, originally blank, is pasted a woodcut (see below).
Early eighteenth-century blind-tooled inboard binding for the Bodleian Library, retaining the sewing from an earlier binding. Sprinkled brown tanned leather over heavy millboard. 225 × 146 × 47 mm. The binding retains an earlier all-along sewing on six raised tawed supports, though only the first and last are laced into the boards. The spine has an earlier gold-tooled shelfmark ‘NEċBċ2ċ6’ to the second panel.
Provenance and Acquisition
St Erkenwald in the calendar may suggest London.
Richard Hyggyns, 15th century, fol. ii.
Henry Himbleton, d. 1588, monk and sacrist of Worcester Cathedral: ‘Hunc librum inveni in cista Henrici Himbleton et inde accepi June 13, 1588, G⟨ulielmus⟩ Thornhill’, fol. ii verso.
William Thornhill, d. by 1626, prebendary of Worcester Cathedral (see above).
Probably acquired between 1613 and 1620.
MS. Bodl. 113, fol. 13v, woodcut
The Madonna and Child in a Glory with the Instruments of the Passion. The Virgin Mary, half-length and with one breast exposed, and Christ child, both with haloes surrounded by a glory, positioned in a double-contoured roundel within a square frame. The Virgin is standing on the crescent moon, and her halo is ornamented with twelve stars. The Christ child is holding the host. In the four corners the bleeding Sacred Heart and instruments of the Passion. The upper and outer borders are made up of clouds and wavy or serrated lines.
Attributed to the Netherlands by Nicholson, to England by Dodgson and others.
Stitching holes indicate that the print may once have been sewn into a different book. The prickings visible above, at the top of fol. 13v, are likely to have been for a protective curtain to separate the print from the gold illumination on fol. 14r.
Just how early it came to be pasted into the manuscript is not at all clear, for the theme of mariological devotion would still have been of interest to a recusant owner in the later sixteenth century.
Last Substantive Revision
2019-03-18: Description revised with reference to van Dijk, SC, Pächt and Alexander, and Bod-Inc.