A catalogue of Western manuscripts at the Bodleian Libraries and selected Oxford colleges

MS. Lat. liturg. e. 2

Summary Catalogue no.: 29649


Gospel lectionary

Benedictine Use (?).

Temporale (fol. 1), the first leaf lost, beginning with Christmas; sanctorale (fol. 122), beginning with St. Sylvester; common of the dedication and the saints (fol. 142v); votive masses (fol. 143v) and masses for the dead (fol. 147).

Language(s): Latin

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment
Extent: iii + 148 + 1 + iv fol.
Dimensions (leaf): 205 × 148 mm.
Dimensions (written): 145 × 80 mm.


25 lines.

Musical Notation:

Musical cues of the introits in the margins of the Sundays after Pentecost and in Advent (fols. 87v-121). In the passions (fol. 42v) the parts are indicated by c, f and t.


Fine initials partly unfinished. (P&A i. 40, pl. 5)

Lightly coloured capitals (fols. 69-73, 77, 80v, 82v, 83, etc. 122); illuminated initials, chiefly in blue and gold (fols. 2v, 5, 13, 42v, 51).


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

Provenance and Acquisition

Bought from Albert Cohn of Berlin (catal. 178 art. 1), 1 Nov. 1886, for £6 15s.

Record Sources

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); previously described in the Summary Catalogue.


    Otto Pächt and J. J. G. Alexander, Illuminated Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library Oxford, I (1966), no. 40