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MS. Lat. liturg. d. 38

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


Psalter (secular psalter with antiphons)

Preceded by (fol.ii) kalendar lacking January. The psalter contains psalms for Sunday - Saturday, (fol.85v) vespers with Ps. 118, and (fol.110) compline, and there are also (fol.112v) weekly and (fol.118) daily canticles, (fol.120) the Office of the dead, and (fol.124v) prayers. Contemporary neums have been added in a few places in the margins (see fol.49, 61). Fol.66 contains antiphons of Lauds for ferial office during the week, with music added in the 14th cent., and fol.91–6 were rewritten in the 13th cent. Music for the antiphons and their cues has been added in the margins in 13th and 14th cent.

Language(s): Latin

Physical Description

Secundo Folio: (text, fol. 1)errant corde
Secundo Folio: (fol. 2)et pereatis
Form: codex
Support: parchment
Extent: i (original? parchment) + 132 + i (original? parchment)
Dimensions (leaf): 285 × 205 mm.
Dimensions (written): 215 × 125 mm.


1(6), 2(8) (1 missing, 2 & 7 separate leaves on a guard, 1 & 8 on a guard) 3 (10) (3 canc.), 4(8) – 7(8), 8(10) (3, 6 canc.), 9(8), 10(12) (4 & 9 added; 3, 8, 9 canc.), 11(10) (4, 8 canc.), 12 (10) (3, 7 canc.), 13(10) (3–8 added, 4, 5, 8–10 canc.) 14(14) (4–6, 9–11 added, 1–3, 9–11 canc.), 15(8)–17(8)


23 long lines, above top line.


Angular caroline

Musical Notation:

Gothic notation on staves of 4–5 black lines.


Fine historiated and other initials (damaged). (P&A i. 77, pl. VI)

A large initial at the beginning of the psalter, and smaller ones to begin each day, some with human figures, in gold, red, brown, green and blue.

  • (fol. 8r) St. Paul(?)
  • (fol. 19v) Ps. 26: Christ addressing a woman (nun?)


Medieval binding (repaired). Sewn on three split alum-tawed bands, laced into wood boards with rounded edges, and covered with brown leather; with traces of five circular bosses and other fittings on each cover, perhaps including a chain-staple, and two sets of clasps (fastening from the lower to the upper board); the inside face of the upper cover are incised with lines for the game of mühle (nine men's morris)

Accompanying Material

The pastedowns are from a 12th cent. Obituary for 7–12 Jan. and 28 Sept.- 3 Oct. belonging to a monastery near Würzburg.


Origin: 12th century, middle ; German, Würzburg area

Provenance and Acquisition

Prayer for the soul of Cunradus (fol. 124r)

21 Sept. 'Dedicatio huius ecclesie' (fol. v verso), 11 Oct. 'Recordatio fratrum' (fol. vi, as at St. Kilian, Wurzburg); pastedowns from an obituary of Stift Haug, Würzburg, 12th century

Paper label on spine '72' (18th/19th century) (almost lacking, as of July 1996)

Given to the Bodleian by F. E. Norris, in 1952.

Record Sources

Typescript description by Bodleian Library staff, revised by Peter Kidd, late 1990s. For more recent description see Elizabeth Solopova, Latin Liturgical Psalters in the Bodleian Library: A Select Catalogue (Oxford, 2013), pp. 421-4.

Last Substantive Revision

2017-07-01: First online publication.