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MS. Lat. liturg. e. 21

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


Language(s): Latin


Portable psalter with antiphons, Carthusian Use, with 15th-century English Carthusian additions.



(wanting January, February and November, December)

Psalter with antiphons


Canticles for use daily and throughout the year




Office of the dead


Quicunque vult

(added by a fifteenth-century hand)


(added by a fifteenth-century hand)
Litany (another copy, corrected and re-written; added by a fifteenth-century hand)

Order of lauds on week-days

Added by a fifteenth-century hand, identified by A. I. Doyle as William Darker of Sheen.

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment
Extent: iv(paper) + 180 + iv (paper)
Dimensions (leaf): 195 × 130 mm.
Dimensions (written): 140 × 90 mm.


1(6) (wants 1 and 6), 2(8)–13(8), 14(8) (wants 6 and 7), 15(8)–21(8), 22(8) (wants 1), 23(8) (8 canc.), catchwords


20 long lines, below top line


Good border and historiated initial, defaced. (Pächt and Alexander i. 595)

One historiated initial, to Psalm 1: initial 'B'[eatus] in two compartments, the upper with The Crucifixion, on a filigree ground; the lower with King David harping, on a diaper ground; foliate extensions from the initial forming a border on all four sides of the text; the initial to Ps. 109 missing, perhaps also illuminated.


20th(?)-cent. plain parchment over stiff pasteboards, with plaited clasps at the fore-edge, the spine lettered in gilt 'PSALTERIUM' and 'MS. | SAEC. XIV.'


Origin: 14th century, second quarter; additions, 15th century ; French; additions, English

Provenance and Acquisition

The original Office of the Dead is Carthusian.

Sheen Charterhouse (?). Adapted for Carthusian Use in England, 15th century. Various 15th cent. hands added at the beginning Carthusian lessons with versicles and responses for the first nocturn of matins in aestate for the week-days,(fol.2v), the prayer Suscipere digneris (fol.3) and portions of the liturgical psalter (fol.4). Fol. 180r-v written by William Darker of Sheen.

Bought by the Library from McLeish of London, 1928.

Record Sources

Typescript description by Bodleian library staff, revised by Peter Kidd, late 1990s. For fuller, more recent description see Elizabeth Solopova, Latin Liturgical Psalters in the Bodleian Library: A Select Catalogue (Oxford, 2013), pp. 305–10.


    Printed descriptions:

    S. J. P. van Dijk, Latin Liturgical Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library, Oxford, vol. 2: Office Books (typescript, 1957), p. 100

Last Substantive Revision

2017-07-01: First online publication.