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MS. Lat. liturg. c. 34

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


Gradual and Antiphonal (Ambrosian)

Winter part, Martinmas - Easter Eve, beg. and ends imperfect. Beginning abruptly in the office of St. Martin (R Beati Martini meritum) and ending with the Alleluia V Venite exultemus of Easter Eve. Office and mass of both the temporale and the sanctorale are combined. No rubrics but many references to the order of the services.

Language(s): Latin

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment
Extent: i (modern paper) + i (18th- and 19th-cent. parchment stuck on ?original parchment) + 250 + ii (?original parchment)
Dimensions (leaf): 335 × 240 mm.
Dimensions (written): 260 × 180 mm.
Foliation: The text leaves foliated in ink, 18th-19th cent.: 2–210, 212–251; thus pre-dating the loss of the original fol. 1, but post-dating the loss of other leaves; the preceding and following leaves foliated in modern pencil: i, 1, 252; fol. 210 has been foliated as '210 and 211'; another ink foliation is cropped, and thus pre-dates the present binding.


1(10)(wants 1, 2 and 10), 2(8)–11(8), 12(8)(4 cut out), 13(8)–15(8), 16(8)(wants 1), 17(8)–30(8), 31(8)(wants 1 and 8), 32 (2 leaves only), 33(8)(wants 3–6), catchwords


Eight long lines and eight staves of four lines.

Musical Notation:

Notation on 8 staves of 4 lines (1 red, 1 yellow).


Plain blue and red initials.

Additions: There are a few liturgical notes in a later hand, and 18th cent. scribblings in Italian throughout.


16th cent. Italian. Sewn on four split straps and bound in thick wood boards covered with polished brown blind-tooled leather; metal corner-pieces with 'IHS' monogram and symbol of ?Calvary (one missing); remains of two straps, with metal catch-plates at the fore-edge of the upper baord; rebacked

Accompanying Material

Pasted on to fol.i is a leaf containing an early 18th cent. picture of a Madonna and Child, surrounded by a later coloured border with flowers and birds.


Origin: 14th century, first quarter ; Italian, North

Provenance and Acquisition

18th-cent. scribblings in Italian in several margins.

With a typescript ?bookseller's description in German, stuck to the upper pastedown.

With a description by H. Craster, dated 1929, stuck to the upper pastedown.

Bought, 1941.

Record Sources

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

Last Substantive Revision

2017-07-01: First online publication.