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MS. Douce 62

Summary Catalogue no.: 21636


Book of Hours, Use of Paris
(fols. 3r-14v)
Calendar in French
(fols. 15-19r)
Gospel Pericopes

Leaf missing after fol. 19.

(fols. 20r-26v)
Obsecro te and O intemerata

O intemerata begins fol. 23v.

(fols. 28r-94r)
Hours of the Virgin
(fols. 95r-111v)
Penitential Psalms and Litany

Litany begins at fol. 107v.

(fols. 112r-118v)
Hours of the Cross

Begins imperfect, lacking the first leaf.

(fols. 119r-124v)
Hours of the Holy Spirit
(fols. 125r-171r)
Office of the Dead
(fols. 171v-177v)
Fifteen Joys of the Virgin, in French
(fols. 178r-180r)
Seven Requests to Our Lord

Begins imperfect, lacking the first leaf.

(fols. 182r-222v)
Long Hours of the Cross (Hours of the Passion)
(fols. 224r-239v)
Language(s): Latin and French

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment
Extent: 2 + 240 (238) + 1 fol.
Dimensions (leaf): 193 × 138 mm.
Dimensions (written): 95 × 58 mm.


14 lines.


Important miniatures, historiated and other borders, initials. Illumination, unfinished, by at least three French hands, of whom Pächt and Alexander identified one from the Jacquemart d'Hesdin atelier, fols. 51v and 63, and the Master of Étienne Loypeau, fol. 171v (P&A i. 637, pl. XLIX).

Most of the miniatures and their outer borders were added by the Master of the Brussels Initials (formerly known as Zenobi da Firenze)


Red velvet, rebacked with red 'plush', probably for Douce.


Origin: 15th century, early ; French, Paris

Provenance and Acquisition

On fols. 1 and 2 are successively engravings of Henry de Lorreine duc de Guise and Charles de Lorraine duc du Mayne. The masculine famulo tuo on fol. 22 is changed into famule tue. In the litany St Gregory of Spoleto is among the martyrs (relics at Cologne, Treves, and Verdun). The presence of St Agricola may point to influence from Clermont-Ferrand.

Unidentified arms in the borders: azure, a bend lozengy argent and gules, between two mullets of eight points pierced or. Two hounds as supporters or badges.. The same arms are found in a Froissart, Brussels, Bib. Roy., MS. IV. 251, one a a group of manuscripts bequeathed to the Minimes of Tonnerre by Charles-Henri de Clermont in 1640.

Francis Douce.

Bequeathed to the Bodleian in 1834

Record Sources

Adapted (2018) from the following sources: S. J. P. Van Dijk, Handlist of the Latin Liturgical Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library Oxford Vol. 4: Books of Hours (typescript, 1957); The Douce Legacy (1984), no. 74; Pächt and Alexander; and the Summary Catalogue (1897).


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Last Substantive Revision

2017-07-01: First online publication.