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MS. Douce 256

Summary Catalogue no.: 21830


Book of Hours, Use of Rome
Language(s): Latin

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment


Fine miniatures.


Initials. By the Master of the David scenes in the Grimani Breviary. Script Italian (?). (Pächt and Alexander i. 397, pl. XXXII)


Red velvet, with silver clasps (one lost).


Origin: 16th century, beginning ; Flemish

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).


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Digital Images

Digital Bodleian (52 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. 286

Last Substantive Revision

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