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MS. Douce 40

Summary Catalogue no.: 21614


Book of Hours, Use of Rome
1. (fol.1 )

Calendar with many saints

2. (fol. 13)

Pericopes from the gospels (fol. 13) and passion according to St John (fol. 21)

3. (fol. 37)

Office of the Virgin and mass (fol. 114)

4. (fol. 123)

Penitential Psalms with litany (fol. 135v)

5. (fol. 146)


6. (fol. 151)

Offices of the dead, the Holy Cross (fol. 198v), and the Holy Ghost (fol. 230)

7. (fol. 235)

Litany of the Virgin

8. (fol. 242)

Quicumque (cf. above)

9. (fol. 247)

Prayers one in Italian.

Language(s): Latin, with a little Italian

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment
Extent: i + 2 + 256 + 2 fol.
Dimensions (leaf): 133 × 100 mm.
Dimensions (written): 88 × 50 mm.


16 lines


Written in humanistica textualis, perhaps by the artist Stanislas Mogila.


Important miniatures, borders, initials. Miniatures painted by Stanislas Mogila (Stanislas Samostrzelnik of the Cistercian abbey of Mogila near Cracow); initials S.C.f. (Stanislaus Claratumbensis or Cracoviensis fecit', fol. 36v). (P&A i. 185, pl. XIII)

Headings in gold.


Blue velvet, probably for Douce.


Origin: 1527-28 ; Polish, Cracow

Provenance and Acquisition

Written for Bona Sforza, princess of Bari, who is mentioned in a prayer on fol. 249 and who was the wife of Sigismund I of Poland; arms of Poland and the Visconti in many borders; cf. London, B.L. Additional MS. 15281, a companion volume made by Mogila for king Sigismund in 1524.

Dates 'Anno MDXXVII', fol. 36v, 'MDXXVII', fol. 74v, 'MDXXVIII', fol. 229v.

Francis Douce: perhaps acquired in April 1824.

Bequeathed by him to the Bodleian in 1834.

Record Sources

Description adapted (2018) from S. J. P. Van Dijk, Handlist of the Latin Liturgical Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library Oxford : Vol. 3: Books of Hours (typescript, 1957); Pächt and Alexander (see Bibliography); Watson (see Bibliography); The Douce Legacy (1984), no. 227; and the Summary Catalogue (1922).


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Digital Images

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Digital Bodleian (20 images from 35mm slides)


    Modlitewnik królowej Bony: 1528 r.; facsimile. Wydawnictwo "Poznańskie Studia Polonistyczne, 2016. [complete facsimile]
    A. G. Watson, Catalogue of Dated and Datable Manuscripts c.435-1600 in Oxford Libraries (Oxford, 1984), no. 449
    Otto Pächt and J. J. G. Alexander, Illuminated Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library Oxford, I (1966), no. 185

Last Substantive Revision

2018-03: Description revised for publication on Digital Bodleian