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MS. Douce 30

Summary Catalogue no.: 21604


Book of Hours, Use of Utrecht

Preceded by a calendar (fol. 1)

Followed by: the Hours of the Cross (fol. 48); Penitential Psalms with litany (fol. 53); Office for the Dead (fol. 66); Prayers and suffrages (fol. 93); 'Hore longiores de sancta Cruce seu Passione', the Hours of the Passion (fol. 138); 'Cursus horarum Eterne Sapientiae' (fol. 154); and 'Hore Sancti Spiritus' (fol. 166v)

The hymn 'Ave vivens hostia' (at fol. 101) is stated to be 'edita a fratre Iohanne Pysano archiepiscopo Canthuariensi'

Language(s): Latin

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment
Extent: iv + 171 leaves
Dimensions (binding): 4.5 × 3.5 in.


Pächt and Alexander i. 255, Pl. XVII

Five fine full-page miniatures (fols 17v, 47v, 52v, 65v and 153v) and several smaller miniatures, e.g. fol. 18r




Red leather with gold tooling (17th or 18th century)


Origin: c. 1500 ; Netherlands, Utrecht

Provenance and Acquisition

Francis Douce, 1757–1834

Bequeathed to the Bodleian in 1834

Record Sources

Description adapted (November 2023) by Stewart J. Brookes from the Summary Catalogue (1922). Decoration, localization and date follow Pächt and Alexander (1966)

Digital Images

Digital Bodleian (20 images from 35mm slides)


H. Shaw, Illuminated Ornaments (1833), no. xvi, has colour images of fol. 47v, 65v


    Printed descriptions:

    S. J. P. van Dijk, Latin Liturgical Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library, Oxford, vol. 4: Books of Hours (typescript, 1957), p. 125

Last Substantive Revision

2023-11-10: Description revised to incorporate all the information in the Summary Catalogue (1897)