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MS. Douce d. 19

Summary Catalogue no.: Not in S.C.: late accession

Collection of illuminated and historiated initials cut from various MSS.

History

Provenance and Acquisition

Francis Douce, 1757-1834

Bequeathed to the Bodleian in 1834. Transferred to the Ashmolean Museum with Douce printed and engravings, 1863, and returned to the Library, 1915

MS. Douce d. 19 - Part 1

Contents

(fol. 2)
Statutes of England (cuttings)
Language(s): No linguistic content (?)

Physical Description

Support: parchment

Decoration

Fine penwork initials (P&A iii.609).

History

Origin: 14th century, second quarter ; English

MS. Douce d. 19 - Part 2

Contents

(fol. 3)
Psalter (cuttings; MS. Douce b. 4 fol. 4a is from the same manuscript)
Language(s): No linguistic content (?)

Physical Description

Support: parchment

Decoration

Fine historiated borders, initials. By the same hand as MS. Barlow 22, from Peterborough (P&A iii.574). Four initials showing: David playing bells and figure with portative organ; Seated angel playing psaltery; Angel playing rebec; Angel playing portative organ

History

Origin: c. 1320-30 ; English, Peterborough

MS. Douce d. 19 - Part 3

Contents

(fols. 5a-b)
Missal (cuttings)
Language(s): No linguistic content (?)

Physical Description

Support: parchment

Decoration

Fine historiated initials (P&A iii.774, pl. LXXIV). Two initials showing the nativity, and adoration of the Magi.

History

Origin: c. 1400

MS. Douce d. 19 - Part 4

Contents

(fol. 5c-d)
Missal, Use of Sarum (cuttings)
Language(s): Latin

Physical Description

Support: parchment

Decoration

Fine initials (P&A iii.837)

History

Origin: 15th century, beginning ; English

MS. Douce d. 19 - Part 5

Contents

(fols. 7-8)
Psalter (cuttings from a choir psalter)
Language(s): Latin

Physical Description

Support: parchment

Decoration

Fine and good initials (P&A i.509). Two illuminated and fifty-three flourished initials

History

Origin: 13th century, early ; French, North (?)

MS. Douce d. 19 - Part 6

Contents

(fols. 10-39)
Psalter with Hours (cuttings; MS. Douce 381, fols. 63v-65v are from the same manuscript, and further cuttings are in Philadelphia Free Library, MS. Lewis 3, fols. 1-28 and MS. Lewis 8, fols. 1-4)
Language(s): Latin, rubrics in French

Physical Description

Support: parchment

Decoration

Fine borders, initials (P&A i.284 (as corrected in reading room copy), iii.459). Six historiated initials showing (fol.10) : Monk writing, tempted by demon; Male and female martyrs executed by swordsmen; Virgins receiving book from seated monk with sword; (fol.11) Martyrdom of St. Catherine; (fol.12) Christ carrying the Cross; Resurrection; with 245 illuminated initials in blue, white and rose on a gold ground, with many human, animal and grotesque figures, arranged alphabetically.

History

Origin: 13th century, third quarter ; Flemish, Liège

MS. Douce d. 19 - Part 7

Contents

(fols. 41-62)
Book of Hours (cuttings from From a Book of Hours containing portions of (fol.41) Offices of the Virgin (Lauds); (fol.48) of the Cross; (fol.55) of the Holy Ghost; (fol.62) Penitential psalms
Language(s): Latin

Physical Description

Support: parchment
Extent: twenty-two leaves
Dimensions (leaf): 170 × 120 mm.
Dimensions (written): 90 × 60 mm.

Layout

ruled in purple, 13 long lines

Decoration

Good historiated borders and initials (P&A i. 208, pl. XV). Twenty-two leaves, each with a historiated initial and border of which the subjects are: (fol.41) Visitation, in border St. Catherine; (fol.42) Nativity, in border St. Geneviève (?); (fol.43) Angel and Shepherds, in border St. Peter; (fol.44) Adoration of the Magi, in border St. Appollonia; (fol.45) Flight into Egypt, in border St. George with dragon; (fol.46) Presentation in the Temple, in border St. Paul; (fol.47) Coronation of the Virgin, in border St. Anthony abbot; (fol.48) Betrayal of Christ, in border angel with cross; (fol. 49) Christ before Pilate, in border angel with hammer and nails; (fol.50) Christ crowned with thorns, in border angel with pillar and scourges; (fol.51) Scourging of Christ, in border angel with crown of thorns; (fol.52) Crucifixion, in border angel with sponge and pail; (fol.53) Deposition from the Cross, in border angel with thirty pieces of silver; (fol.54) Entombment, in border angel with torch and lantern; (fol.55) Trinity, in border St. John the Evangelist; (fol.56) Abraham and angels, in border St. Christopher; (fol.57) Vision of Ezechiel, in border St. Appollonia; (fol.58) Two angels holding body of Adam (?), Trinity above, in border St. Andrew; (fol.59) David with harp as psalmist, in border saint holding fish (?); (fol.60) Vision of Isaiah, in border St. James the less; (fol.61) Jeremiah, in border St. Thomas; (fol.62) Christ enthroned, blessing, in border saint holding bowl.

History

Origin: c. 1420-30 ; Dutch

MS. Douce d. 19 - Part 8

Contents

(fol.64)
Devotional work,

referred to in the text as a ‘Dietarium’

Incipit: Septimus tractatus qui dietetarium ferie secunde dicitur agit de sublimitate dominice ascensionis
Language(s): Latin

Physical Description

Support: parchment
Extent: two leaves and 13 fragments
Dimensions (ruled): 135 × 75 mm.

Layout

31 long lines

History

Origin: 15th century ; German or Flemish

MS. Douce d. 19 - Part 9

Contents

(fol.70)
Legal treatise (cuttings)
Language(s): French

Physical Description

Support: paper

Decoration

Decorative initials (P&A i.381). Eleven crude flourished initials in red and blue

History

Origin: 15th century, second half ; Flemish

MS. Douce d. 19 - Part 10

Contents

(fol.71)
Cuttings,

from various MSS.

Language(s): No linguistic content (?)

MS. Douce d. 19 - Part 10a

Contents

(fol.71a)
Collectar (cutting)
Language(s): No linguistic content (?)

Physical Description

Support: parchment

Decoration

Initial (P&A i.256)

History

Origin: c. 1500 ; Dutch (?)

Provenance and Acquisition

From MS. Douce 383, fol. 20

MS. Douce d. 19 - Part 10b

Contents

(fol.71b)
Book of Hours (fragment)
Language(s): No linguistic content (?)

Physical Description

Support: parchment

Decoration

Fine miniatures, borders, initials, perhaps by Lievin van Lathem and also attributed to the Master of the London Passionary (P&A i.345, with MS. Douce 381, fols. 78-88).

History

Origin: 15th century, third quarter ; Dutch or Flemish

MS. Douce d. 19 - Part 10c

Contents

(fols. 71c-e)
Book of Hours (cuttings)
Language(s): No linguistic content (?)

Physical Description

Support: parchment

Decoration

Good initials, one with part of a miniature on the verso (P&A i.764)

History

Origin: 15th century, second half ; French

MS. Douce d. 19 - Part 11

Contents

(fol.72a)
Gradual (cutting)
Language(s): No linguistic content (?)

Physical Description

Support: parchment

Decoration

Historiated initial (P&A i.259). Historiated initials showing the judgment of Solomon.

History

Origin: 16th century, beginning ; Dutch

MS. Douce d. 19 - Part 12

Contents

(fol.72b)
Choir book (cutting)
Language(s): No linguistic content (?)

Physical Description

Support: paper

Decoration

Historiated initial (P&A i.398). Initial D incorporating grotesque head.

History

Origin: 16th century, beginning ; Flemish (?)

MS. Douce d. 19 - Part 13

Contents

(fol.73)
Breviary (?) (cuttings)
Language(s): No linguistic content (?)

Physical Description

Support: paper

Decoration

Decorative initials (P&A i.257). Nine red and blue flourished initials.

History

Origin: c. 1500 ; Dutch

MS. Douce d. 19 - Part 14

Contents

(fol.74)
Cuttings
Language(s): No linguistic content (?)

Physical Description

Support: parchment

Decoration

Initials, probably from the same book as MS. Douce 381 fols. 89-103 (a Book of Hours in Dutch) (P&A i.226). Five initials in gold, blue, and rose

History

Origin: c. 1470-80 ; Dutch

MS. Douce d. 19 - Part 15

Contents

(fols. 75a, 75b)
Cutting from unidentified work
Language(s): No linguistic content (?)

Physical Description

Support: parchment

Decoration

Penwork initial, fol. 75a. Good initial, fol. 75b (P&A i.154).

History

Origin: 15th century, beginning ; Bohemian or Austrian (?)

MS. Douce d. 19 - Part 16

Contents

(fol. 75c)
Gradual (?) (cutting)
Language(s): No linguistic content (?)

Physical Description

Support: parchment

Decoration

Fine decorative initial (P&A i.233).

History

Origin: 15th century, second half ; Dutch (?)

MS. Douce d. 19 - Part 17

Contents

(fol.77)
Cutting
Language(s): No linguistic content (?)

Physical Description

Support: parchment

Decoration

Part of a border

History

Origin: ; Italian

Additional Information

Record Sources

Typescript description by Bodleian library staff, partly revised according to descriptions in P&A.

Digital Images

Digital Bodleian (31 images from 35mm slides)