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

MS. Bodl. 637

Summary Catalogue no.: 2024


Processional, Use of Sarum

The chief divisions are: after the Holy Water service, the Temporale (fol. 3v), the Sanctorale (fol. 125v), the Commune Sanctorum (fol. 158v): votive masses, proses, etc. (fol. 165v), see Frere's Bibl. Musico-Liturgica (1901), p. 104. Mr. Bannister notes that the volume was written for a church or cathedral (not monastery) which possessed a cope of Edward the Confessor (fol. 153v: 'in qua excellencior persona vtatur capa regis eiusdem'), and that there are Winchester saints in the litanies (fols. 175v, 180v, etc.). The only place known to have had such a cope is Westminster abbey, but the Westminster use differs from the present volume. At fol. 191 is a Salve of the Holy Cross, perhaps not found elsewhere (beg. 'Salue festa dies toto uenerabilis euo | Qua pia crux Cristi fulget & alta petit', with musical notes).

Language(s): Latin

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment
Extent: iii + 193 leaves
Dimensions (binding): 8.25 × 5.75 in.
Musical Notation:

Musical notation.


Initials (damaged). (Pächt and Alexander iii. 992)


Plain stamped brown leather on boards, clasps lost, contemporary English work.


Origin: 15th century, middle ; English

Provenance and Acquisition

'William [?] Tornar', possibly Cormar, late 15th cent.

Oriel College, Oxford: 'Liber colegij beate Marie Oxonie', 16th cent.

Acquired not after 1602.

MS. Bodl. 637- endleaves (fols. ii, 193)


Language(s): Latin

Lectionary (Canterbury (?))


Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment


Origin: 14th century

Additional Information

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. 992 [decoration, origin, date]
Summary Catalogue (1922) [contents, physical description, provenance and acquisition]


    Online resources:

    Printed descriptions:

    S. J. P. van Dijk, Latin Liturgical Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library, Oxford, vol. 3: Rituals and Directories (typescript, 1957), p. 100
    S. J. P. van Dijk, Latin Liturgical Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library, Oxford, vol. 6: Fragments - Office Books, Rituals, Directories (typescript, 1957), p. 136

Last Substantive Revision

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