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MS. Lat. liturg. e. 13

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

Missal, with music, for a Benedictine nunnery; Austria (Salzburg (?)), 1495 × 1503, with inserted miniature c. 1460–70


Language(s): Latin

(fol. 1r)

Inserted letter dated 19 Nov. 1909 from W. S. Gresley, one of the executors of the Rev. Nigel Walsingham Gresley, to Falconer Madan (cf. Provenance)

(fols. 2r–3v)

See below, endleaves

Portable votive missal with music, for the use of a Benedictine nunnery

The use was identified as Roman by van Dijk.

(fol. 4v–8r)
Nicholas of Dinkelsbühl, Casus missae
Rubric: Sequuntur casus contingentes in missa. Primum dubium.
Incipit: Si contingit quod sacerdos ante consecracionem vel post moritur
Explicit: Inter omnia enim meritoria missa tenet primatum. Hec Gregorius.
See Alois Madre, Nikolaus von Dinkelsbühl: Leben und Schriften; ein Beitrag zur theologischen Literaturgeschichte (Münster, 1965), p. 267.
(fols. 8r–10r)
Johannes Gerson, Quaestiones XLVI (selection)
Rubric: Sequuntur questiones alie cum responsionibus earum magistri Johannis Gerson Cancellarius[sic] Parisiensis
Incipit: Queritur utrum quis non habens specialem missam dicendam
Explicit: ponatur vomitus in piscinam vel comburatur. Hec omnia Johannis Gerson Cancellarius[sic] Parisiensis
Jean Gerson, Œuvres complètes, ix, L’œuvre doctrinale, ed. Glorieux (Paris, 1973), pp. 74–77 nos. 6–18 only.
(fols. 10r–32r)

Ordinary of the mass

(fol. 10r–11r)

General rubrics

Rubric: Ordinarium misse [margin, added, in black]
Rubric: Adventus domini celebratur ubicumque dominicis dies venerit inter quinto kalendas Decembris et tercio nonas eiusdem mensis

Feasts of St Peter are treated like those of the Virgin Mary (fol. 10v).

(fol. 11r–15v)

Prayers before and after mass

Rubric: Sequitur accessus altaris

Including collects for ablution, the taking of the vestments; confession; the preparation of the chalice and host. etc.

(fols. 16r–32r)

Settings for Kyrie, Gloria, Ite missa est, etc. and prefaces

Rubric: Sequitur recessus altaris. In festis duplicibus. In ferialibus diebus

For feasts of different grades, for different liturgical seasons, for the common of saints, etc. The votive mass of the patron saints (fol. 31v) is from the common of more martyrs.

(fols. 32v–33r)

Votive masses for days of the week and liturgical seasons

Rubric: Secuntur misse votive per ebdomadam quando alia specialis non habetur
(fol. 33v)

Full-page miniature; see Decoration

(fols. 34r–40v)

Canon of the Mass

From ‘Te igitur’ (fol. 34r) to variants of the Communicantes for different liturgical seasons (fols. 39v–40v).

(fols. 41r–42r)

Series of tracts

For the feast-days of: the dedication and angels; Trinity, Holy Spirit, and Corpus Christi; Cross; Virgin Mary; apostles, martyrs, or a virgin martyr; a martyr or non-bishop confessor; a confessor-bishop and St Timothy; a non-martyr virgin.

(fols. 42r–43r)

Clauses to be added to the last collect on Sundays

Rubric: Sequens clausula additur ad ultimuam collectam omnibus diebus dominicis
Incipit: Et famulos tuos .N. papam, ac .N. antistitem nostrum

In the adjacent margins have been supplied the names ‘pium Alexandrum’ and ‘Leonhardum’ respectively. Followed by ‘Et famulam tuam abbatissam nostram …’; ‘Et famulum tuum antistitem nostrum …’; and ‘Et famulam tuum abbatem nostrum …’

Fol. 43v is blank.

(fols. 44r–55v)

Common of the saints

Rubric: Missa in vigilia unius apostoli. Introitus.
Incipit: Ego autem sicut oliva fructivicavi in domo domini
(fols. 55v–56v)

Dedication of a church, and its anniversary

Rubric: In dedicatione ecclesie
Incipit: Psallat ecclesia mater illibata
(fols. 57r–75v)

A long series of votive masses

Missa de sancta Trinitate, Pro defunctis, Pro defunctis episcopis, Pro defunctis fratribus, Pro omnibus fidelibus defunctis, In die depositionis, In die tercio septimo vel tricesimo, In anniversario, Pro defunctis sacerdotibus, Pro fundatoribus loci, Pro uno defuncto, Pro defuncta femina, In honore sanctorum quorum corpora habentur, Feria quarta de sancto Benedicto, De sancto spiritu, De corpore Christi, Feria sexta missa de sancta cruce, Sabbato dicitur missa de beata virgine in adventu usque ad nativitatem domini, followed by other liturgical seasons, De quinque vulneribus Christi, De sancta Katherina (fol. 67r), De sancta Barbara, De quindecim suffragatoribus, De angelis, De sanctis quorum reliquie habentur, Missa cottidiana de sanctis, and for various liturgical seasons, Pro se ipso sacerdote, Pro universis ordinibus, Pro abbate, Pro peccatis, Pro tribulatione, Pro amico, Pro famulis et famulabus, Pro salute vivorum, Pro elemosinariis, Pro iter agentibus, Propace et unitate ecclesie, Pro concordia, Contra pesecutores et male agentes, Contra iudices iniquos, Pro sterilitate terre, Pro pluvia, Pro serenitate, Contra fulgura et tempestates, Pro infirmis, Alia pro infirmo qui proximus este morti, Missa generalis sancti Augustini pro vivis et defunctis, Alia missa pro vivis et defunctis

(fols. 76r–77v)

Blessing and exorcism of salt and water

Rubric: Benediccio salis et aque dominicis diebus
(fols. 77v–79r)
Rubric: Benediccio vini et amoris sancti Johannis apostoli et ewangeliste
Incipit: Deus est pater domini mei Ihesu Christi cuius verbo celi firmati sunt
(fols. 79r–87r)

Collects, secrets, and postcommunions, for Sunday masses from Advent to the 24th Sunday after Pentecost

Rubric: Dominica prima in adventu domini. Oratio
Incipit: Excita quesumus domine potentiam tuam et veni
(fols. 88r–89v)

See below, endleaves

Physical Description

Secundo Folio: cineribus in
Form: codex
Support: parchment
Extent: i (modern paper) + II (medieval parchment) + 87 + II (medieval parchment) leaves
Dimensions (leaf): 170 × 120 mm.
Dimensions (written): 140 × 85 mm.
Foliation: 1–89 in 20th-century pencil


1–3(8), 4(6) (fols. 4–33); 5(8), 6(2) (fols. 34–43); 7(8), 8(4), 9–10(8), 11(10), 12(6) (fols. 44–87); cropped traces of catchwords survive sporadically; leaf signatures on fols. 64–65.


Ruled in ink and written mostly in 27–30 long lines, or 7 lines of text and music.

19 long lines in the canon.


Gothic hybrida

Textualis for the canon and music.

Musical Notation:

Square notation on four-line red staves


One very fine miniature of the Crucifixion, probably an early work of Ulrich Schreier, c. 1460–70, perhaps cut from another book, stuck to fol. 33v, with an added penwork border. Included in Michaela Schuller-Juckes, ‘Ulrich Schreier und seine Werkstatt: Buchmalerei und Einbandkunst in Salzburg, Wien und Bratislava im späten Mittelalter’, Dr. Phil. thesis (Vienna, 2009), p. 187 Kat. 80 (available online).

Three-line initial in blue with red penwork flourishing (fol. 34r).

Two-line initials plain red, or alternately plain red or blue. One-line initials in plain red.


Contemporary binding. Sewn on four double cords laced into wood boards, covered with pink leather blind-tooled in a lattice pattern, in each compartment a flower with eight heart-shaped petals, each cover with four metal corner-pieces and a circular centre-piece; one strap is missing from a pair of clasps; the catch-plates, clasp, and centre-pieces each engraved with a rose design. Red leather fore-edge tabs. The inner face of each board is lined with part of a manuscript in very large formal textualis quadrata script. c. 180 × 125 mm.


Origin: main text: between 1495 and 1503 ; Austria, Salzburg (?) ; inserted miniature: c. 1460–70 ; Austria, Salzburg

Provenance and Acquisition

Written for a Benedictine nunnery in the diocese of Salzburg (perhaps Stift Nonnberg, Salzburg?): there are prayers for pope Alexander [VI], 1492–1503, and Leonhardus [von Keutschach], bishop of Salzburg, 1495–1519 (which indicate the date), and for ‘abbatissam nostram’ before ‘antistitem nostrum’ and ‘abbatem nostrum’ (fols. 42v–43r). (The manuscript is not noticed in Watson, Dated and datable manuscripts in Oxford libraries.) Van Dijk suggested, probably on the grounds of the high grading of the feasts of St Peter (fol. 10v) that the manuscript might have been written for the Benedictine nunnery of Petersfrauen.

Inscribed, fol. 4r: ‘15+96 | Z. V. A. S. | Hoffmarschalkh | Carl Shurff z(u) Sch | haubtmann z(u) khueff(stein) | Mains gliebten h(errn) dienstwillig’: Karl von Schurff (1548–1626) of Schönwörth in Tirol, 'Schloßhauptmann' of Kufstein.

Unidentified 19th-century owners: the turn-ins of the front board with three paper labels on top of each other, each obscuring the earlier one, the topmost with ‘372’ written in blue pencil within a printed blue circle; nearby is written ‘57’, also in blue.

Rev. Nigel Walsingham Gresley (1850–1909): inscribed with his name (fol. 2r); bequeathed to his first cousin:

Falconer Madan (1851–1935), Bodley’s Librarian 1912–19; with a circular ink stamp ‘F. Madan | S. N. C. Oxford’.

Given by Madan to the Bodleian in 1917, with a Bodleian ink stamp dated 22 May 1917 (fol. 2v). Former Summary Catalogue number 40107.

MS. Lat. liturg. e. 13 - endleaves (fols. 2–3, 88–9)


Language(s): Latin


Flyleaves formed of partial leaves from a Gradual without music; for the 2nd–6th weeks of Lent

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment
Extent: parts of two leaves, each folded in half and inserted lengthways (fols. 2–3 and fol. 88–9 respectively)
Dimensions (fragment): 235 × 170 mm.
(Dimensions of the original leaf fragment, i.e. of the current bifolium)


1 col., at least 24 lines. Width of the ruled area 130 mm.




Part of a pen-drawn initial in red, fol. 2.

2- and 3-line coloured initials in red and blue.


Origin: Germany; 14th century

Additional Information

Record Sources

Description (April 2021) by Peter Kidd, edited by Matthew Holford; with thanks to Thomas Schmid and to anonymous colleagues at the Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften for assistance with the inscription on fol. 4r.

Digital Images

Digital Bodleian (full digital facsimile)


Last Substantive Revision

2021-04-08: Description revised for Polonsky German digitization project.