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

MS. Lat. liturg. d. 4

Summary Catalogue no.: 31535


Language(s): Latin

Gregorian sacramentary.
1. (fol. 3)

Kalendar with contemporary and later local additions

2. (fol. 9)

Blessing of holy water

3. (fol. 11)

Private prayers for the celebrant


Additions, among which the Office of the Virgin (fol. 18). Sacramentary, introduced by the canon (fol. 19)

5. (fol. 22v)

Combined temporale and sanctorale with many local saints

6. (fol. 119v)



Votive masses, among which ad sponsas benedicendas (fol. 126)

8. (fol. 127)

Orationes pro peccatis; 2 series of orationes matutinales and vespertinales (fol. 133v)

9. (fol. 142)

Missa specialis pro omni congregatione sancte Marie (see Traditio vi, 331f.), another pro febribus in honore sancti Sigismundi regis (163). The last leaves contain 11th - 13th century additions, being mainly epistles, gospels (fol. 174) and blessings (fol. 175v).

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment
Extent: iii + 181 + 1 fol.
Dimensions (leaf): 240 × 160 mm.


Original part in 23 lines, 170 × 100 mm. .


Good miniature (drawing), initial. Pächt and Alexander ii. 20, pl. II)

fol. 20r, miniature of the Crucifixion

Plain red capitals and initials; the introduction to the sacramentary and the prefaces in red.

Additions: During the 13th century (?), when the volume belonged to the Como church of St. Anthony (fols. 1v, 3v, 177), the owner added, in the margins, notes about relics (fols. 95, 109v, 110, 114v), masses, including one of St. Provinus, cues to epistles, gospels and the sung parts of the mass, a reference to an antiphonarium diurnum presbiteri Nazarii (174: see kalendar: 6 Oct.), etc., and in the kalendar an almost complete list of the church dedications at Como.


Wooden boards, rebacked.

Accompanying Material

Front fly leaf being lost, probably taken, as the remaining one, from a 13th cent. manuscript of the Decretals.


Origin: 11th century, end ; Italian, Como

Provenance and Acquisition

Written for Sant'Abbondio, Como (van Dijk), or St. Anthony, Como (Pächt and Alexander). The Communicantes (20v) with St. Benedict and St. Abundius; the Libera nos (122v) with St. Fidelis and St. Abundius; Masses for St. Abundius (81) and St. Fidelis (88), both of whom were titulars of monasteries.

The most ancient additional obits are those of St. Leo IX (19 April; d. 1054) and Agnes of Poitou (14 Dec., d. after 1055; see also the Exultet, fol.55).

St. Anthony, Como, by the 13th century (van Dijk) or 15th century (Pächt and Alexander) (fols 1v, 3v, 177)

Ambroxius de Vimercato, 15th century (fol. 1v)

Donatus Raymondus

Bought by the Bodleian in December 1892 from Hoepli, Milan, cat. 83, no. 134.

Record Sources

Description adapted (2018) from the following sources:
S. J. P. Van Dijk, Handlist of the Latin Liturgical Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library Oxford : Vol. 1: Mass Books (typescript, 1957), pp. 14–15
Otto Pächt and J. J. G. Alexander, Illuminated Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library, Oxford, II (1970), no. 20 [origin, provenance]
Summary Catalogue (1924) [binding, acquisition]

Last Substantive Revision

2018-11: Description updated to incorporate published descriptions in Pächt and Alexander, van Dijk, and the Summary Catalogue.