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MS. Douce 176

Summary Catalogue no.: 21750


Gospel lectionary

Benedictine use.

Combined temporale and sanctorale (De circulo anni): Christmas tide (fol. 1v), the months January-March (fols. 6, 16v, 21v), Septuagesima-Easter (fol. 22v), Easter tide (fol. 62), the months May-December (fols. 68v, 77, 84, 91, 101v, 110, 111, 118); gospels for votive masses (fol. 121: De diversis causis) and masses of the dead (fol. 116v); two additions.

Language(s): Latin

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment
Extent: ii + 127 + ii fol.
Dimensions (leaf): 290 × 195 mm.
Dimensions (written): 220 × 155 mm.


28 lines.


Important initials. (P&A i. 412, pl. XXXIV)

Ornamentation mainly in green and stone red; in the titles of the gospels the colours alternate for words and parts of words.

Fol. lv and 62 (Easter), elaborate zoomorphic capitals.


18th-century leather, with inset ivory, 'Ada school', 212 × 125 mm., early 9th century.


Provenance and Acquisition

St Faron, Meaux, 18th century (fol. 1)

Bought by Payne of London on 27 May 1833 at the sale of m. Abel Remusat.

Francis Douce, acquired by November 1833 (Douce Legacy, no. 39).

Bequeathed by him to the Bodleian in 1834.

Record Sources

Adapted (2018) from S. J. P. Van Dijk, Handlist of the Latin Liturgical Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library Oxford : Vol. 1: Mass Books (typescript, 1957); Pächt and Alexander (see Bibliography); and the Summary Catalogue (1897).


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Digital Images

Digital Bodleian (4 images from 35mm slides)
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    Otto Pächt and J. J. G. Alexander, Illuminated Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library Oxford, I (1966), no. 412

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Last Substantive Revision

2017-07-01: First online publication.