A catalogue of Western manuscripts at the Bodleian Libraries and selected Oxford colleges

MS. Lat. liturg. c. 38

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

Fifteen fragments, mostly from Missals, Use of Sarum, and recovered from bindings. Arranged in order of the Adams numbers (see below); unnumbered leaves placed adjacent to those with which they seem to belong.

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: Parchment
Extent: 15 leaves
Foliation: Modern pencil, 1-15

Binding

Bodleian fascicle

History

Provenance and Acquisition

"From the collection assembled in the late nineteenth century by J. T. Adams", most leaves with a number near the middle of the top edge, and with a tick- or 's'-shaped mark in the top right corner.

Sotheby's, 2 Dec. 1997, lot 10, bought by Quaritch on behalf of the Bodleian.

Record Sources

Draft description by Peter Kidd, late 1990s.

MS. Lat. liturg. c. 38 - Part 1

Contents

(fol. 1)
Missal (list of rubrics for the Sundays after Pentecost)

(Adams no. 23; Sotheby's item 12).

Language(s): Latin

Physical Description

Form: fragment
Support: parchment
Dimensions (leaf): 325 × 210 mm.

Layout

39 lines in 2 columns

Decoration

22 one-line blue initials

History

Origin: English ; 15th century

MS. Lat. liturg. c. 38 - Part 2

Contents

(fol. 2)
Missal (10th Sunday after Trinity to feria IV after the 11th Sunday, pr. Missale Sarum, cols. 489-94; (Adams no. 50; Sotheby's item 15).
Language(s): Latin

Physical Description

Form: fragment
Support: parchment
Dimensions (leaf): 290 × 190 mm.

Collation

the last leaf of a quire catchword

Layout

written in two columns of 33 lines (the top lines trimmed away; there would originally have been approx 43 lines per col.)

Decoration

two-line blue initials with red penwork; blue paraphs

History

Origin: English ; 15th century

MS. Lat. liturg. c. 38 - Part 3

Contents

(fols. 3-4)
Missal (two consecutive leaves, covering the 13th to 15th Sundays after Trinity, pr. Missale Sarum, cols. 497-505); fol. 3: no Adams no.; fol. 4: Adams no. 146; Sotheby's items 13-14).
Language(s): Latin

Physical Description

Form: fragment
Support: parchment
Dimensions (leaf): 285-90 × 155-70 mm.
Dimensions (ruled): × mm.

Layout

two columns of 39 lines

Decoration

two-line blue initials with red penwork; blue paraphs

History

Origin: English ; 15th century

MS. Lat. liturg. c. 38 - Part 4

Contents

(fol. 5)
Book of Hours or Psalter

Ps. 118:7-24 (the recto has offsets of a border and initial [or miniature?] and thus probably comes from the Commendation of Souls]; (Adams no. 170; Sotheby's item 7).

Language(s): Latin

Physical Description

Form: fragment
Support: parchment
Dimensions (leaf): 220 × 140 mm.

Decoration

two two-line initials in gold, on red and blue grounds with white tracery, one-line initials and a paraph in gold with dark purple penwork

History

Origin: English ; 14th century, late

MS. Lat. liturg. c. 38 - Part 5

Contents

(fol. 6)
Missal (part of the Mass for one Confessor, from the Common of Saints (pr. Missale Sarum, cols. 703*-706*) (Adams no. 200; Sotheby's item 4/5/6).

Fols. 6-8 may come from a single manuscript, but the script and thickness of the pen vary from one to the next.

Language(s): Latin

Physical Description

Form: fragment
Support: parchment
Dimensions (leaf): 185 × 145 mm.
Dimensions (ruled): 179-83 × 49-53 mm.
(with 9 mm. inter-columnar space)

Layout

two columns of 33 lines

Decoration

Rubrics supplied but spaces for initials left blank

History

Origin: English ; 13th century, late - 14th century, early

MS. Lat. liturg. c. 38 - Part 6

Contents

(fol. 7)
Missal
Rubric: c

From the mass for a non-virgin martyr, to the mass for a many virgins, in the Common of Saints; and the start of a votive mass for the Trinity (pr. Missale Sarum, cols. 727*-9* and 735* (no Adams no.; Sotheby's item 4/5/6)

Fols. 6-8 may come from a single manuscript, but the script and thickness of the pen vary from one to the next.

Language(s): Latin

Physical Description

Form: fragment
Support: parchment
Dimensions (leaf): 190 × 140 mm.
Dimensions (ruled): 179-83 × 49-53 mm.
(with 9 mm. inter-columnar space)

Layout

two columns of 33 lines

Decoration

Rubrics supplied but spaces for initials left blank

History

Origin: English ; 13th century, late - 14th century, early

MS. Lat. liturg. c. 38 - Part 7

Contents

(fol. 8)
Missal

From the end of the Mass for St. Kenelm to that for St. Wandrille in the Sanctorale (pr. Missale Sarum, 814-8, ending with the reading on 731* for a non-Virgin) (no Adams no.; Sotheby's item 4/5/6).

Fols. 6-8 may come from a single manuscript, but the script and thickness of the pen vary from one to the next.

Language(s): Latin

Physical Description

Form: fragment
Support: parchment
Dimensions (leaf): 185 × 120 mm.
Dimensions (ruled): 179-83 × 49-53 mm.
(with 9 mm. inter-columnar space)

Layout

two columns of 33 lines

Decoration

Rubrics supplied but spaces for initials left blank

History

Origin: English ; 13th century, late - 14th century, early

MS. Lat. liturg. c. 38 - Part 8

Contents

(fol. 9)
Missal
Rubric: c

Perhaps part of the Mass for the Dead or for the Nearly Dead (cf. Missale Sarum, col. 814*). (Adams no. 222; Sotheby's item 2).

Language(s): Latin

Physical Description

Form: fragment
Support: parchment
Dimensions (leaf): 210 × 80 mm.

Layout

two columns of approx. 29 lines (trimmed at the top; only 23 lines extant)

Decoration

two-line and one-line initials alternately red or green

History

Origin: English ; late 12th cent., with 13th-cent. formal bookhand and 14th-cent. cursive additions

MS. Lat. liturg. c. 38 - Part 9

Contents

(fol. 10)
Breviary

Part of an office from Matins to Vespers (Adams no. 231; Sotheby's item 3).

Language(s): Latin

Physical Description

Form: fragment
Support: parchment
Dimensions (leaf): 205 × 90 mm.

Layout

two columns of 26 lines

Decoration

rubricated but with unfilled spaces for initials

History

Origin: English ; 13th century, late

Provenance and Acquisition

Inscribed in a fine 16th-cent. italic hand 'Humfry Bouton. | Rumpatur quisque Rumpitur inuidia' [Martial, Epigrammata ix.97], and, in Italian in a very similar hand, 'Donna seguita prega quel qui' (?), and 'Que douj altij amor da speme nasce, | Dal non sperar in me(?) s'auuie et pasce.| [signed] J. [or I.] G.'

The verso inscribed in French(?), 18th(?)-cent., 'au(?) cat p 308'

MS. Lat. liturg. c. 38 - Part 10

Contents

(fol. 11)
Book of Hours or Psalter

Ps.77:38-66 (Adams no. 372; Sotheby's item 10).

Language(s): Latin

Physical Description

Form: fragment
Support: parchment
Dimensions (leaf): 135 × 75 mm.

History

Origin: English ; 15th century, early

MS. Lat. liturg. c. 38 - Part 11

Contents

(fol. 12)
Missal

Part of Tuesday in the fourth week of Lent (pr. Missale Sarum, cols. 217-219) (Adams no. 461; Sotheby's item 8)

Language(s): Latin

Physical Description

Form: fragment
Support: parchment
Dimensions (leaf): 140 × 85 mm.

Layout

two columns of 28 lines

Decoration

one gold two-line initial with blue penwork, others in blue with red penwork

History

Origin: English ; 13th century, late - 14th century, early

MS. Lat. liturg. c. 38 - Part 12

Contents

(fol. 13)
Missal

Masses for the Assumption of the Virgin, St. Bartolomew, and John the Evangelist, with marginal near-contemporary addition of directions for the feast of St. Bernard (canonized 1174) (no Adams no.; Sotheby's item 1).

Language(s): Latin

Physical Description

Form: fragment
Support: parchment
Dimensions (leaf): 150 × 210 mm.

Layout

13 lines of text extant

Hand(s)

very fine early gothic bookhand

History

Origin: English ; c. 1250-75

MS. Lat. liturg. c. 38 - Part 13

Contents

(fol. 14)
Missal (no Adams no.; Sotheby's item 11).
Language(s): Latin

Physical Description

Form: fragment
Support: parchment
Dimensions (leaf): 240 × 80 mm.

Layout

two(?) columns of 26 lines (only one col. extant)

Decoration

two-line initials in blue with red penwork

History

Origin: English ; 14th century, late - 15th century, early

MS. Lat. liturg. c. 38 - Part 14

Contents

(fol. 15)
Breviary (no Adams no.; Sotheby's item 9)
Language(s): Latin

Physical Description

Form: fragment
Support: parchment
Dimensions (leaf): 155 × 90 mm.

Decoration

two-line initials in blue with red penwork

History

Origin: English ; 15th century, early