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MS. Lat. liturg. b. 4

Summary Catalogue no.: 32703


Missal, Use of Sarum.

Calendar (fol. 1) January-February missing; blessing of holy water (fol. 6); temporale (fol. 7) with the marriage service (fol. 92v) and the order of the mass (fol. 95) after Holy Saturday; common of the dedication (fol. 147v); sanctorale (fol. 149), ending adruptly in the mass of the apostles Symon and Jude (fol. 28 October).

Different types of folded tags.

Language(s): Latin

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment
Extent: i + 187 fol.
Dimensions (leaf): 400 × 265 mm.
Dimensions (written): 285 × 195 mm.


A leaf missing after fol.99 (full-page miniature), 2 leaves after fol. 20; fols. 21 f. should come between fol. 168 and 169


2 cols. of 34 lines.

Musical Notation:

Square notation on 11 staves of 4 red lines; neums are added to the passion of Good Friday (fol. 83)


Good borders, initials. (Pächt and Alexander iii. 718)

Coloured initials and borders (fols. 7, 17v, 21, 99v, 100, 102v, 114v, 118, etc.)


Oak boards, worm-eaten, lined with sheep-skin, contemporary, rebacked.


Origin: 14th century, end ; English, Midlands

Provenance and Acquisition

In the kalendar is the Translation of St. Wulfstan (7 June) and the feast of St. Francis (4 October). In the litany St. Modwenna is invoked.

Dedication of St Peter's, Northampton, added in the calendar (29 May), 15th century.

Thorpe, Cat. 1836, no. 857; bought by Sir Thomas Phillipps; his MS. 9716.

Phillipps sale, 9 June 1899, lot 875; bought by the Bodleian.

Record Sources

Adapted (2018) from S. J. P. Van Dijk, Handlist of the Latin Liturgical Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library Oxford Vol. 1: Mass Books, Pächt and Alexander, and the Summary Catalogue (1924).


Last Substantive Revision

2017-07-01: First online publication.