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MS. Lat. liturg. c. 37

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


Antiphonal, Cistercian use.

The musical notation is Marosszecki's type B, see Les Origines du chant cistercien (Analecta Sacr. Ord. Cist.8), 1952, table p.31.

Language(s): Latin
(fol.3–6, 8–123, 127–8)


(beginning missing)
(fol.128v, 135, 124–5)

Office for the dedication

(fol.125v, 126, 129, 133)

Office for the dead

(fol.133, 131, 132, 130)


(fol.130v, 2, 7, 134, 136–151v)



Canticles, without music

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment
Extent: xi (modern paper) + 154 + ii (modern paper)
Dimensions (leaf): 345 × 225 mm.
(the leaves, damaged by water and repaired, vary considerably in size, text space varies)
Foliation: modern pencil: i-xi, 1–157


impracticable; some leaves misplaced in rebinding, others missingCatchwords(?) on fol.86v, 126v.


c. 28–30 lines, ruled in crayon (or music)


Italianate script. (P&A iii. 1304)

Musical Notation:

Pages with music contain 12 staves of 4 lines ruled in red ink


Good historiated and other initials (very badly damaged by damp). (P&A iii. 1304)

Historiated and leaf scroll initials, damaged but apparently drawn in pen with some colour added, notably blue for backgrounds and frames.

  • (fol. 12v) Angel blowing a horn
  • (fol. 19v) Nativity
  • (fol. 32v) Baptism of Christ
  • (fol. 85v) Angel holding a book
  • (fol. 94v) Penyecost
  • (fol. 100r) Christ in majesty?
  • (fol. 105r) Seated figure?
Smaller initials blue flourished in red or red in blue (a few in brown).


16th cent. stamped German binding, much repaired; in a slip case.

Accompanying Material

Fol.1, with similar script and notation, may be part of the common of virgins, perhaps from a companion Sanctorale.


Origin: c. 1200 ; German

Provenance and Acquisition

The slip-case and upper pastedown are both marked '4 | 913'.

Christie's, 28 April 1966, lot 149 (vendor not stated).

Maggs Bros., inscribed with their pencilled code 'C[hristie's] 5[sic]/66 | 149 | hxeoo' (lower pastedown)

Bought, 1968.

Record Sources

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

Last Substantive Revision

2017-07-01: First online publication.