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

MS. Douce 253

Summary Catalogue no.: 21827


Book of Hours, Use of Rouen
Language(s): Latin and Middle French

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment


Fine miniatures (glazed over). Related to the group of MSS. attributed by Durrieu to Jacques de Besançon made for Jacques d'Armagnac (Pächt and Alexander i. 753, pl. LVIII). Attributed to the Master of the Echevinage de Rouen, also known as the Master of the Geneva Latini, in Avril, François and Reynaud, Nicole, Les manuscrits à peintures en France: 1440–1520 (Paris: Flammarion; Bibliothèque nationale, 1995).


Red leather with gold ornament, 18th cent. work.


Origin: c. 1480 ; French, Rouen

Provenance and Acquisition

Francis Douce, 1757–1834

Bequeathed to the Bodleian in 1834

Record Sources

Summary description abbreviated from the Summary Catalogue (1897). Decoration, localization and date follow Pächt and Alexander (1966).

Digital Images

Digital Bodleian (13 images from 35mm slides)


    Printed descriptions:

    S. J. P. van Dijk, Latin Liturgical Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library, Oxford, vol. 4: Books of Hours (typescript, 1957), p. 99

Last Substantive Revision

2022-04-04: Add binding information from Summary Catalogue.