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MS. Lat. liturg. e. 13

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


Portable votive missal, Use of Rome (Benedictine)
Rubric: Casus contingentes in missa
Incipit: Si contingit quod sacerdos ante consecracionem
Explicit: missa tenet primatum. Hec Gregorius
Rubric: Sequuntur questiones alie cum responsionibus earum magistri Johannis Gerson cancellarius [sic] Parisiensis
Incipit: Queritur utrum quis non habens specialem missam
Explicit: vel comburatur

Ordinary of the mass

Including general rubrics (fol. 10), collects for the taking of the vestments, the ritual for the distribution of holy communion (fol.14v), and the intonations and prefaces with musical notation (fol.16). Fol. 32v, order of votive masses during the week 'quando alia specialis non habetur'.




Series of tractus


Clauses to be added to the last collect on Sundays


Common of the saints


Votive masses

Rubric: Benediccio salis et aque
Rubric: Benediccio vini et amoris

Collects and other prayers for Sunday masses throughout the year.

The votive mass of the patron saints (fol. 31v) is from the common of more martyrs.

Language(s): Latin

Physical Description

Secundo Folio: cineribus in
Form: codex
Support: parchment
Extent: 89 leaves
Dimensions (leaf): 170 × 120 mm.
Dimensions (written): 140 × 85 mm.


1(8)–3(8), 4(6), 5(8), 6(2), 7(8), 8(4), 9(8), 10(8), 11(10), 12(6)


Mostly 27–30 long lines, or seven staves.

19 long lines in the canon.

Musical Notation:

Gothic notation on four staves of four red lines.


Fine miniature of the Crucifixion, pasted on to fol.33v. Probably an early work of Ulrich Schreier, c. 1460-70. (P&A i. 157, pl. XI).

Plain red and blue initials.


Original binding of blind-stamped pink morocco over boards, with metal clasps (one missing) and bosses.

Accompanying Material

Fol. 2, 3, 88 and 89 are from a 14th cent. gradual without music.


Origin: between 1495 and 1503 (main text); c. 1460-70 (inserted miniature) ; Austrian, Salzburg

Provenance and Acquisition

Written for a Benedictine nunnery in the diocese of Salzburg. On fol.42v and 43 there are prayers for pope Alexander VI, 1492–1503 and Leonhardus [von Keutschach], bp. of Salsburg, 1495–1519, for ‘abbatiasam nostram’ and ‘abbatem nostrum’.

Not noticed in Watson, Dated and datable manuscripts in Oxford libraries.

Rev. N. W. Gresley.

Bequeathed by him to F. Madan.

Given by Madan to the Bodleian in 1917.

Record Sources

Typescript description by Bodleian staff, revised by Peter Kidd, late 1990s; previously described in S. J. P. Van Dijk, Handlist of the Latin Liturgical Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library Oxford (typescript, 1957) Vol. 1: Mass Books, and Pächt and Alexander.


    Otto Pächt and J. J. G. Alexander, Illuminated Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library Oxford, I (1966), no. 157

Last Substantive Revision

2017-07-01: First online publication.