MS. Digby 227
Summary Catalogue no.: 1828
Benedictine Use, summer part. The winter part is Oxford, Trinity College, MS. 75.
Prayers of preparation Cum induit se abbas vestimentis episcopalibus (fol. 1); blessing of holy water (fol. 4v); kalendar with obits (fol. 7); temporale, beginning (fol. 13) with Easter Sunday; Gloria, Credo with their intonations; prefaces on music, canon (fol. 114); sanctorale, beginning (fol. 123) with the Annunciation of the Virgin; common of the saints (fol. 207v); votive masses (fol. 237). No rubrics.
22 (canon 15) lines, written space 232 × 145 mm.
Square notation on 7 staves of 4 red lines.
Miniature and historiated initials attributed by J. J. G. Alexander to William Abell (cf. Pächt and Alexander iii. 1065, pl. XCIX-C) but regarded by K. Scott (1996) as more sophisticated than Abell's work, and attributed by her to the so-called ‘Abingdon Missal master’. Illuminated initials and coloured borders on fol.13, 33v, (missing after fol.42), 105v, 111v, 113v, 114, 129v, 146v, 172v, 188, 201v, 237 (after 262 missing); a full-page crucifixion within borders at the beginning of the Canon (113v).
Fine historiated initials.
Fine other initials.
Provenance and Acquisition
Border decoration similar to that in Merton College MSS. 59, 62, 64, 65, perhaps suggesting common production in a workshop based in Oxford (Scott, 1996).
Fol. 270v: 'Scriptori merita mater pia redde Maria | Annis millenus quadringenus tibi notus | ⟨E⟩t sexagenus primus tunc ecce repletus.
Fol. 11v, 'Dedicacio ecclesie Abendone'.
Arms of Abingdon Abbey and its abbot William Ashenden, fol. 113v.
Thomas Allen, Digby/Allen inventory number A. 5.
Donated by him to the Bodleian, 1634.
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Last Substantive Revision
2018-11-28: Updated attribution of decoration, and origin with reference to Scott 1996.