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MS. Lat. liturg. d. 42

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


Breviary of Chertsey Abbey (cuttings with illuminated initials; see also MSS. Lat. liturg. e. 6 (Summary Catalogue, no. 32558), e. 37, and e. 39). A list of the subjects of the cuttings is given in B.L.R. ix no. 2 (1974)
Language(s): Latin

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment
Extent: 47 leaves or cuttings: fragments, mostly cut out historiated initials, with eight whole leaves variously mutilated.
Dimensions (leaf): 205 × 125–30 mm.
Dimensions (ruled): 145–50 × 80 mm.
Foliation: The modern volume of paper leaves foliated in modern pencil i-v, 1–63, with medieval fragments enclosed in sealed transparent envelopes attached to fols. 1–47. For the 18th century foliation on fols. 15, 29, 33, 37, 38, 40 and 42 cf. MS. Lat. liturg.e.37.


32 written lines, below top line; in 2 columns


Fine miniature, borders, historiated and other initials. By the Master of the Queen Mary Psalter and his workshop. (Pächt and Alexander iii. 543, pl. LIV)


Modern Bodleian binding


Origin: 14th century, beginning ; English

Provenance and Acquisition

Chertsey Abbey (obits of the abbots in MS. Lat. liturg. e. 6; octave of St. Erkenwald in MS. Lat. liturg. e. 39, etc.)

Apparently broken up later than the 17th century

Made up of cuttings from the Douce collection (formerly MSS. Douce d. 13, fols. 2–10, and Douce 381, fol. 126). The fragments were all lifted and rearranged in the present manner in 1967–68 following the acquisition of MS.Lat.liturg.e.39. Formerly MS. Lat. liturg. e. 40.

Record Sources

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

Digital Images

Digital Bodleian (48 images from 35mm slides)


Last Substantive Revision

2017-07-01: First online publication.