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MS. Lat. liturg. d. 43

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

Texts pricipally to be read at the chapter office of Prime; Italian (Rome?), early 13th cent.


Language(s): Latin

Incipit: ⟨D⟩omine Jesu Christe fili dei vivi natus de Maria virgine per quem facta sunt omnia, sine cuius misericordie dono humana fragilitas

Cf. Leroquais, Psautiers I, p.197: ‘Oratio post psalterium’

Addition, 13th–14th cent.

Language(s): Latin
Rule of St. Benedict

Fol. 1v–2v are a 13th–14th cent. replacement.

Language(s): Latin
Chapter homiliary
Rubric: Lectio ad cap(itulum) in vigilia natalis domini
Incipit: (fol.30) Cum esset desponsata…Et quomodo iustus
Language(s): Latin
Decrees of Synods of Aachen of 816 and 817

Written as one series preceded by prologue for 817. Cf. edition of Borenius in M.G.H., Legum II, I, 1881, pp.344–8; Corpus Consuetudinum Monasticarum I, 1963, pp. 457–68, 473–81. The text is close to the Montecassino MS. used by Borenius.

Language(s): Latin
Bede, Martyrologium
Rubric: In nomine…Incipit martirologium expositum a venerabili Beda presbitero

Ends imperfect (fol.71v) in X Kal.Jan. A shortened version of the martyrology of Bede described by H. Quentin, Les Martyrologes historiques du moyen âge, Paris, 1908, pp. 47–111, including most of his ‘Roman’ additions. There is also a long entry at non.Dec. (fol.70), for ‘sancti patris nostri Sabe’ and at ii non.Jun. (fol.57v) ‘Dedicatio sanctorum Andree apostoli et Sabe confessoris’.

Language(s): Latin
Form of oath not to alienate possessions of the monastery of SS. Andrew and Saba (i.e. S. Saba)

Followed by notes of dues owed to the infirmarius, etc.

Addition, 13th cent.

Language(s): Latin

Presumably of S. Saba, Rome. Preceded by a leaf of an earlier version, which was reused for notes of receipts of dues by the abbot and primicerius, 13th–14th cent.

Language(s): Latin

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment
Extent: i + 87 leaves (fol.i, 87 are later paper flyleaves)
Dimensions (leaf): 218 × 150 mm.
Dimensions (written): 181–3 × 109–110 mm.


Hard to establish because of resewing and tight binding but apparently 1(2), 2(8) (1 missing), 3(8), 4(8)(the correct order is: fol. 18, 19, 22, 20, 21, 23–5), 5(8)-6(8), 7(8) (7 missing), 8(8) (6–7 missing), 9(14)


27 long lines, written above top line


Penwork initials. Red initials flourished in red or (occasionally) brown.

Two added coats of arms in brown ink (fol. 86v)


17th cent. Italian plain parchment binding, sewn on five cords; the spine apparently formerly with two title-pieces lettered 'REGVLA | S. | BENEDIC || MS. P. | SÆVLI [sic] | XIII', with the vestiges of Archinto's prined label, reported to have read '[LV]I', with 'S' or '5' inscribed below in pencil.


Origin: 13th century, early (with additions, 13th-14th cent.) ; Italian, Rome (?)

Provenance and Acquisition

Form of oath not to alienate possessions of the Cluniac monastery of SS. Andrew & Saba (i.e. S. Saba, Monte Avetino, Rome) (fol. 48r)

Count Carlo Archinto (1669–1732) (see Carlo Frati, Dizionario Bio-Bibliografico dei Bibliotecari e Bibliofili Italiani dal Sec. XIV al XIX, Florence, 1933, 32–3 [Bod. BDH=R. 5. 447/1] and Marino Parenti, Aggiunte al Dizionari Bio-Bibliografico dei Bibliotecari e Bibliofili Italiani di Carlo Frati, 3 vols., Florence, 1952–60, 1, pp. 46, 49), (bookplate with legend 'ARCHINTEA LAUS') whose library was sold at Paris, 21 March 1863

Messrs. Boone (who bought a considerable number of Archinto MSS.), with their pencil price-code (lower pastedown).

Sir Thomas Phillipps (1792–1872), MS. 24275, sold at Sotheby's 1 Dec. 1947, lot 83, bought by Quaritch for £48

Francis Wormald

Given by his executors in 1973

Record Sources

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

Last Substantive Revision

2017-07-01: First online publication.