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MS. Lat. liturg. b. 14

Summary Catalogue no.: Not in SC (late accession)


Language(s): Latin

Breviary, Use of Sarum (noted choir Breviary, 'The Denchworth Breviary')


(wanting from Nones on the feast of the Innocents to the vigil of the circumcision, due to loss of leaves after fol.34)

Office of the Virgin


Common of the dedication


Rubrics for the votive office of the local saint and responsorial ‘historiae’

A table of dates for their use between August and December was added in a later hand on fol.iiiv



(containing St. Anne, which suggests a date after 1383)

Ferial psalter


Lenten litany

(fol.210) (fol.220v)


(wanting the end of SS. Fabian and Sebastian, and the beginning of St. Agnes)

Common of the saints

ends imperf. in the matins of a virgin not a martyr


Tones for the Venite

beg. imperf


Tonale of the psalm tones

A later hand has filled up fol.163 with the blessings at Matins and fol.328v with the memoria of All Saints.

Physical Description

Secundo Folio: tu in nobis
Form: codex
Support: parchment
Extent: iii (paper) + ii (original parchment) 362 + iii (medieval parchment) + iii (paper)
Dimensions (leaf): 375 × 245 mm.
Dimensions (written): 315 × 180 mm.
Foliation: modern pencil: ia, ib-iv, 1–90a, 90b-334a, 334b-351a, 351b-365


1(8)–4(8), 5(8)(wants 3–6), 6(8)–21(8), 22(6)(+ 1 added at the end), 23(8)–27(8), 28(8)(5 canc.), 29(8)(wants 4 and 5), 30(8)–45(8), 46(8)(wants 2–7), 47(8), catchwords


2 cols., 54 lines (or music)

Musical Notation:

Square notation on staves of four red lines


Penwork borders, initials. (Pächt and Alexander iii. 719)

Blue initials with red flourishes and smaller plain blue and red initials. Partial border on fol.1.

Additions: On fol.iv are four verses (16th cent.?) beg: Marvell not Joseph.


19th cent. brown leather tooled in gilt in Gothic revival style, by T. Kaye, Liverpool, with his ticket on fol. ia verso; rebacked; the lower joint broken.

Accompanying Material

Fol.360, 361 are two leaves of a 15th cent. Sarum processional, for Palm Sunday. Other leaves are in MS. Lat. liturg. e. 16 and MS. Queen's Coll. 389.


Origin: 14th century, end ; English

Provenance and Acquisition

Given to Denchworth church by John Hyde c. 1447: the dedication of Denchworth church (14 Apr.) and obits of the Hyde family 1156–1557 are in the Calendar. (See Notes and Queries 7th ser. v (1888), p. 2)

Rebound in Oxford c.1562–85, as suggested by the binder's waste, now fols. 361–362

'No. 36', 19th cent. (fol. 1r)

Rev. John C. Jackson, bookseller of 11 Angel Court, London W.C.

Bought from Jackson by Rev. Henry Barry Hyde (d. 1906); exhibited at the 'Church Congress Exhibition', no. 50 (circular printed label on upper pastedown)

Bequeathed by Hyde to the Bodleian by Hyde, 1932.

Record Sources

Typescript description by Bodleian library staff, revised by Peter Kidd, late 1990s.


    Printed descriptions:

    S. J. P. van Dijk, Latin Liturgical Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library, Oxford, vol. 2: Office Books (typescript, 1957), p. 230

Last Substantive Revision

2017-07-01: First online publication.