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MS. Lat. liturg. e. 2

Summary Catalogue no.: 29649


Language(s): Latin

(fols. 1r–148r)
Gospel lectionary
(fols. 1r–121v)
Temporale, beginning with Christmas (the first leaf lost)
(fols. 122r–142v)
Sanctorale, beginning with Sylvester
(fols. 142r–143v)
Common of the dedication and the saints
(fols. 143v–147r)
Votive masses
(fols. 147r–148r)
Masses for the dead

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment
Extent: iii (modern endleaves) + 149 + iv (modern endleaves) leaves
Dimensions (leaf): 205 × 148 mm.


25 lines, 145 × 80 mm.


Caroline minuscule by two hands.

Musical Notation:

Adiastematic neumes give cues of the introits in the margins of the Sundays after Pentecost and in Advent (fols. 87v–121r). In the passions (fol. 42v) the parts are indicated by ‘c’, ‘f’, and ‘t’.


Decorated initials, chiefly in blue and gold (fols. 2v, 5, 13, 42v, 51), partly unfinished. (Pächt and Alexander i. 40, pl. 5)

Lightly coloured capitals (fols. 69–73, 77, 80v, 82v, 83, etc. 122).


Black leather over wooden boards (possibly medieval). Pale blue silk endbands.


Origin: 11th century, second half ; German, North-west

Two commemorations of St Benedict suggest a Benedictine origin; the lesson ‘pro uelatione ancillarum dei’ (fol. 144v) suggests a nunnery. The only German saint honoured is Boniface. The use of capitals for certain saints’ days, notably the Septem Fratres (fol. 133v) and Hermes (fol. 137v), strengthen a use for the book’s in northern Germany.

Provenance and Acquisition

Bought from Albert Cohn (1827–1905), Berlin bookseller (catal. 178 art. 1), 1 November 1886, for £6 15s (note on upper flyleaf).

Record Sources

Andrew Dunning, based on S. J. P. Van Dijk, Handlist of the Latin Liturgical Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library Oxford, Vol. 1: Mass Books (typescript, 1957); Pächt and Alexander (see Bibliography); .

Digital Images

Digital Bodleian (full digital facsimile)


Last Substantive Revision

2020-12-02: Andrew Dunning Updated description from manuscript.