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MS. Lat. liturg. e. 14

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


Ritual, Franciscan
Language(s): Latin

Tables for the ferial antiphons before Christmas


Blessing of holy water


Grace before and after meals


Visitation of the sick


Last sacraments in the version of 1228

ends imperf.


Penitential psalms



ends imperf.


Office of the dead with musical notation

beg. imperf




Music of Asperges, Vidi aquam, Regina celi, Salve regina, the prose Victimae paschali and Gloria laus of Palm Sunday


Office and (fol.67v) mass of Corpus Christi with musical notation.

Physical Description

Secundo Folio: veniet dominus
Form: codex
Support: parchment from which the ink has scaled off in many places
Extent: i + 70 leaves
Dimensions (leaf): 215 × 155 mm.
Dimensions (written): 160 × 115 mm.
Foliation: most parchment leaves with an 18th/19th-cent ink foliation: 1–55, by the same hand that added a table of contents on fol. 71r (supplied after the loss of single leaves after fols. 16 and 22), the remaining parchment leaves, and endleaves, foliated in modern pencil: i, 56–71


1(8), 2(8), 3(8) (wants 1 and 8), 4(8), 5(8), 6(2), 7(8)–9(8), 10(6), catchwords


28 long lines, below top line or 6 staves of 4 lines

Musical Notation:

Staves of 4 red lines with square notation


Plain red and blue initials.

Additions: On fol.56v a 16th cent. hand added the Adoramus te Christe for 4 voices. Two quires (fol.41–56), though written by the same hand, were added afterwards (cf. catchword ‘sacerdos’ on fol.40v).


Sewn on four bands and bound in Italian(?) 18th(?)-cent. speckled polished brown calf over pasteboards; the spine with an English (19th-cent?) red leather title-piece lettered in gilt 'MANUSCRIPT | – | ORDO | FRATRUM | MINORUM | – | 15TH | CENTURY', probably added for Steele (cf. MS. Lat. th. e. 15); traces of printed music are visible under the lower pastedown.


Origin: 1429 ; Italian

Provenance and Acquisition

Colophon on fol. 40v: 'Explicit iste liber deo gratias. Amen. Sub anno domini MCCCCXXIX. Tempore fratris Compagniutii de Ancona'

Inscribed '3295' (upper pastedown).

19th-cent. inscriptions in Italian (fol. 71r).

Robert Steele, of Wandsworth Common, with his booklabel, sold at Hodgson's, 15 June 1903, lot 485 (with vestiges of the catalogue description stuck to the upper pastedown).

E. Crawshaw, with his bookplate, and his erased purchase code consisting of the price-code, and the date '16', '6', '03', and 'H'[odgson's] (fol. 71r)

Bought at Sotheby's 1 Feb. 1922, lot 848.

Record Sources

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


Last Substantive Revision

2017-07-01: First online publication.