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

MS. Douce 51

Summary Catalogue no.: 21625


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


2. (fol. 14)

Passion according to St John

3. (fol. 29)

Salve sancta facies

4. (fol. 31)

Offices of the Cross and the Holy Ghost (fol. 39)

5. (fol. 48)

Mass of the Virgin with pericopes from the gospels (fol. 52)

6. (fol. 59)

Obsecro te, O intemerata (fol. 62v)

7. (fol. 65v)


8. (fol. 74)

Office of the Virgin

9. (fol. 153)

Penitential Psalms with litany (fol. 165)

10. (fol. 176)

Office of the dead.

Additional prayers (fols. 24, 105, 139v, 151, etc.)

Language(s): Latin

Physical Description

Composite: main volume (fols. 1–12, 28–224) made in Flanders about 1490, with fols. 13–27 added in France, c. 1500.
Form: codex
Support: parchment
Extent: 1 + 223 + 1 fol. (215 is double)
Dimensions (leaf): 135 × 95 mm.
Dimensions (written): 75 × 50 mm.


17 lines


Red velvet with silver clasps, worn.


Provenance and Acquisition

Bernard de Bonnoel of Bordeaux (fols. 222v-223).

Margaret de Bonnoel of Bordeaux (ibid.).

Jehan Vitrac of Bordeaux, 1582 (ibid.).

His granddaughter Marguerite Brun of Bordeaux(ibid.).

Given by her in 1655 to her grandson Jacques de Maures of Bordeaux (ibid.)

Francis Douce, 1757–1834: acquired by him in 1831.

Bequeathed to the Bodleian in 1834.

MS. Douce 51 – Part 1 (fols. 1–12, 28–224)

Physical Description


Good miniatures.


Initials. By the Master of Edward IV. Pilgrim badges fixed to fols. 45v, 58v, 59r(2), 74r. (Pächt and Alexander i. 365, pl. XXIX)


Origin: c. 1490 ; Flemish

MS. Douce 51 – Part 2 (fols. 13–27)

Physical Description


Pächt and Alexander i. 817:





Origin: c. 1500 ; French

Additional Information

Record Sources

Description adapted (June 2019) from the following sources:
The Douce Legacy (1984), no. 243
S. J. P. van Dijk, Handlist of the Latin Liturgical Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library, typescript (1957), IV, p. 296
Otto Pächt and J. J. G. Alexander, Illuminated Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library, Oxford , I (1966), nos. 365, 817
Previously described in the Summary Catalogue.

Digital Images

Digital Bodleian (48 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. 296

Last Substantive Revision

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