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

MS. Bodl. 62

Summary Catalogue no.: 2028

Contents

Book of Hours, Use of Sarum

According to the longer use of Sarum, originally made for a priest of some non-monastic foundation; consisting of (fol. 1) a peculiar Hour-service de Sancto Spiritu: (fol. 8) a Calendar, originally pure Sarum, but modified by late 15th cent. Bridgettine and other entries, see also below: (fol. 14) the Hours, varying according to the season (see fols. 53, 58v, etc.), with the Hours of the Cross and of the Compassion of the Virgin worked in at fols. 32v, 33, etc., and with leaves wanting before fols. 14, 63: (fol. 80) the Penitential Psalms with litany: (fol. 112) the Office for the Dead: (fol. 136v) the Commendatio Animarum. There are many 15th century Bridgettine additions or substitutions at fols. 29 (memoriae), 63-80, 102-11, 116, 149 and 150 ('Preces Capitulares', disciplinares, etc.).

Language(s): Latin

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment
Extent: ii + 153 leaves
Dimensions (leaf): 7.375 × 5.5 in.

Decoration

Fine borders.

Initials. (P&A iii. 690)

Binding

Stamped red sheepskin on boards, '+IHESVS MARIA' on a large stamp used twice on each side, with clasp fittings (clasp lost), about a.d. 1500, London work, worm-eaten and worn.

History

Origin: 14th century, end ; English

Provenance and Acquisition

At fol. i, is 'Obitus Johannis Boteler patris Henrici Boteler penultimo die Februari, anno regni regis E(dwardi) iiij octavo [a.d. 1468/9] etatis vt dixit iiijxx ix & parte x anni'.

Syon Abbey: liturgical evidence (see above).

Exeter, Franciscan convent: an obit in the calendar of about a.d. 1500 ('In festo sancte Margaretæ. Obitus domini Johannis Bridgeman et dominæ Aliciæ consortis, benefactorum nostri ordinis precipuorum ...' fol. 11) is noted by John Barcham to refer to the Friars Minor of Exeter. To them the volume must have come from the Bridgettines (presumably of Isleworth in Middlesex).

Finally John Barcham, of Exeter, Fellow of Corpus Christi college, Oxford, who owned the book in 1597, annotated the calendar so as to show the pre-Reformation feasts, obits, etc. of his college

He apparently presented the manuscript (if it can represent the 'Rituale' of the Benefactors' Register) to the Bodleian in 1602.

Record Sources

Description adapted (April 2020) from the following sources:
Otto Pächt and J. J. G. Alexander, Illuminated Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library Oxford, III (1973), no. 690 [decoration, origin, date]
Summary Catalogue (1922) [contents, physical description, provenance and acquisition]

Digital Images

Digital Bodleian (1 image from 35mm slides)

Bibliography

Last Substantive Revision

2020-04-21: Description revised to incorporate all information in SC.