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MS. Lat. liturg. b. 9

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


Missal, Use of Utrecht
Language(s): Latin


Divided into two parts after Corpus Christi by votive masses (fols. 108–120v) and the Ordo missae (fols. 121–146)

Language(s): Latin


Language(s): Latin

Common of the dedication

Language(s): Latin

Common of saints

Language(s): Latin


Without music

Language(s): Latin

Only short rubrics.

Traces of tags, pasted and sewn and folded (fol. 138), those in the canon in the lower margins.

Physical Description

Secundo Folio: quid faciemus
Form: codex
Support: thick parchment
Extent: iv + 251 leaves (iv + 249 + ii)
Dimensions (leaf): 390 × 270 mm.
Dimensions (written): 270 × 180 mm.
Foliation: Foliated by the rubricator: red Roman figures in the upper margins of the rectos.


1(8)–14(8), 15(10), 16(8), 17(8) (1 canc., leaf added before fol. 138 now missing), 18(8), 19(10) (wants 10), 20(8)–30(8), 31(8) (wants 8)


2 col., 34 lines

Order of the mass: 2 col., 24 and 20 lines

Musical Notation:

Gothic notation on 11 or 17 staves of 3 or 4 red lines.


Good initials. (P&A i. 220)

Large blue initial on gold ground with green border; on the initial in red ‘Veni veni domine Ihesu care’ (fol.1); large silver initial on background of red and green penwork incorporating bells (fol.138); other large initials in blue and red, with red and green pen-work; smaller plain red and blue initials

Rubrics in red or black.


Sewn on five thick double cords and bound in 18th-cent. speckled brown leather over thick pasteboards, rebacked, and covered with thin grey velvet (very threadbare and torn); the upper cover with four holes in a saltire pattern caused by a metal(?) centrepiece (the holes pierce Labitte's bookplate on the upper pastedown, but not his description of the MS.); the top of the spine with a rectangular 19th(?)-cent. paper label inscribed '37'; the upper cover with a circular red paper label inscribed '1.'; paper endleaves with a watermark depicting Britannia(?) and a rampant lion crowned and holding a sword, both within a low picket fence, with the legend 'PRO PATRIA' and 'V | DL'.


Origin: 15th century, middle ; Dutch

Provenance and Acquisition

In the litany are Sts. Willebrorde, Odulphe and Lebuine, all specially honoured in Utrecht.

'E libris J[acobi] Koning 1828 p. 102 no. 3' (fol.iv verso), but not in the catalogue of his sale, Amsterdam, 1833

Alphonse Labitte, 19th-cent. Paris bookseller, with his armorial bookplate with 'Excelsior' (cf. Yale, Marston MS. 90; de Ricci, Census, II, p. 1950 etc.); another bookplate, apparently identical, is below the pastedown; a rectangular slip of paper inscribed in French in a 19th-cent. hand, presumably Labitte's, describes the MS., and numbers it: '132. - Missale Romanorum. in-fol. relié velours ... Incomplet du dernier feuillet.'

William Sparrow Simpson (on whom see W. J. Sparrow Simpson, Memoir of the Rev. W. Sparrow Simpson, D.D., rector of St. Vedast and sub-dean of St. Paul's cathedral (London, 1899)), with two sheets of lined paper inscribed, presumably by him, with an description of the MS.: 'Missale Romanorum secundum usum Traiectensen ...' (fols. i, ii); sold at Hodgson's, 18 May 1897, lot 269, with a cutting from the catalogue pasted to the upper pastedown; this cutting inscribed in pencil '45', which number is also inscribed on fol. i, and towards the bottom of the upper pastedown.

Acquired by the Bodleian in 1927.

Record Sources

Adapted (2018) from: typescript description by Bodleian Library staff (n.d.), revised by Peter Kidd (late 1990s); S. J. P. Van Dijk, Handlist of the Latin Liturgical Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library Oxford (1957) Vol. 1: Mass Books.

Digital Images

Digital Bodleian (5 images from 35mm slides)

Last Substantive Revision

2017-07-01: First online publication.