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MS. Lat. liturg. e. 17

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

Prayers and Offices, Use of Sarum; English, early 15th century


Incipit: Domine Deus omnipotens Pater et Filius et Spiritus Sanctus

including (fol.11v) 'Ave Iesu Christe verbum Patris Filius virginis, agnus Dei', here described as 'Salutacio clerici de Brigundia' (sic), (fol.13v) 'Ladi quene y pray the to governe me in gode lore', and (fol.14) the litany of the Virgin.

Language(s): Latin and Middle English
(fols.25, 33v, 40)
Offices of the Holy Trinity, the Holy Ghost, the Passion
Language(s): Latin
Penitential and gradual psalms
Language(s): Latin
Language(s): Latin
Office of the dead
Language(s): Latin
Language(s): Latin

There are a number of later additions which include:

Prayer and verses
Incipit: In the worschip of the almyghti God
Incipit: All myȝty god maker of hevyne

IMEV 253

Incipit: Syke and sorow depely
(ibid. no.3102)
Incipit: Wordly love is in herte bysy pouȝt
Language(s): Middle English
Rubric: The X comanndementis of oure Lorde
(ibid. no.3685)
Language(s): Middle English
Rubric: Thes ben the revelacions that our Lorde … shewid his servant Albert archibisshop of the site of Coleyne
Incipit: Geve to my pore a peny

See H. E. Allen, Writings ascribed to Richard Rolle pp.317–9

Language(s): Middle English
Devotional exercise
Incipit: When ye ris or ye speke with any creatur
Language(s): Middle English
List of relics at Compostela and of indulgences there obtainable
Language(s): Latin
Commentary on the Lord's Prayer
Incipit: Quatuor enim debemus habere in oracione
Language(s): Latin
Note on the Eucharist
Incipit: Sanctus Albertus episcopus dicit quando corpus
Language(s): Latin

Physical Description

Secundo Folio: morem pecunie
Form: codex
Support: parchment
Extent: 110 leaves
Dimensions (leaf): 215 × 155 mm.
Dimensions (written): 130 × 95 mm.


1(8), 2(8), 3(6), 4(8), 5(8)(wants 6), 6(8), 7(4), 8(8)–13(8), 14(10) (10 canc.), catchwords


21 long lines, ruled in violet


Fine borders, initials. (Pächt and Alexander iii. 809)

Illuminated initials in blue, green, red and gold, with partial border on fol.3, 19, 25, 40, 56, 75, 96.

Similar smaller initials with red and violet flourishes.

There are instructions for the illuminator at fol.19, 55v, 63v, 74v, and 95v, but the miniatures were not executed.


19th-cent. black polished leather over pastboards; the spine letered in gilt 'PRECES | PIÆ'


Origin: 15th century, beginning ; English

Provenance and Acquisition

Made in the North of England for the use of a lady (?). The formulae of the prayers are not consistently masculine or feminine, but in one of the additions (fol.71) the name Iohanna occurs.

Bought, 1926.

Record Sources

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

Digital Images

Digital Bodleian (full digital facsimile)
Digital Bodleian (5 images from 35mm slides)


    Printed descriptions:

    S. J. P. van Dijk, Latin Liturgical Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library, Oxford, vol. 4: Books of Hours (typescript, 1957), p. 315

Last Substantive Revision

2017-07-01: First online publication.