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
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)
See below, endleaves
The use was identified as Roman by van Dijk.
Ordinary of the mass
Feasts of St Peter are treated like those of the Virgin Mary (fol. 10v).
Prayers before and after mass
Including collects for ablution, the taking of the vestments; confession; the preparation of the chalice and host. etc.
Votive masses for days of the week and liturgical seasons
Full-page miniature; see Decoration
Canon of the Mass
From ‘Te igitur’ (fol. 34r) to variants of the Communicantes for different liturgical seasons (fols. 39v–40v).
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.
Clauses to be added to the last collect on Sundays
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.
Common of the saints
Dedication of a church, and its anniversary
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
Blessing and exorcism of salt and water
See below, endleaves
Ruled in ink and written mostly in 27–30 long lines, or 7 lines of text and music.
19 long lines in the canon.
Textualis for the canon and music.
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.
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)
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.
Digital Bodleian (full digital facsimile)
Last Substantive Revision
2021-04-08: Description revised for Polonsky German digitization project.