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MS. Lat. liturg. e. 37

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


Breviary of Chertsey Abbey (part)
Temporale from Sunday after the octave of the Epiphany to the end.

Preceding it are two leaves from the sanctorale for St. Peter's chains (fol.1) and St. James the Apostle (fol.2)

Other parts of the same MS. are MSS. Lat. liturg d. 42, e. 6 (Summary Catalogue, no. 32558), and e. 39. An 18th cent. foliation which presumably went through the whole volume has been almost totally erased, but the present fol.52 was 69 in this foliation, and fol.93 = 110. The leaves in MS. Lat. liturg. e.6 were numbered 221–5, 306–8, 34[-].

Language(s): Latin

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment
Extent: iii (modern parchment) + 156 + iii (modern parchment)
Dimensions (leaf): 200 × 120 mm.
Dimensions (written): 150 × 80 mm.
Foliation: The original parchment leaves foliated in 19th-cent. ink in the middle of the upper margin, by the same hand as in MS. lat. liturg. e. 39: 1–155, the endleaves foliated in modern pencil: i-iii, 157–159; another late 19th- or early 20th-cent. pencil foliation which is erased up to fol. 12, the continues from '82', suggesting that 70 more leaves were present at the start of the volume until shortly before the c.1910 binding; there are also the remains of an 18th- or 19th-cent. foliation in ink, now mostly erased and/or cropped, of which '5[.]' (fol. 43r) and '69' (fol. 52) are still visible; less clear is '116'(?) (fol. 163); this last foliation survives unerased in Ms. lat. liturg. e. 6, and on the full-page leaves in MS. Lat. liturg. d. 42


Too tightly bound for collation. A number of leaves are missing


2 cols., 32 lines


Fine miniature, borders, historiated and other initials. By the Master of the Queen Mary Psalter and his workshop. (P&A iii. 543, pl. LIV)

Historiated initial on a ground of gold and blue (fol.1) showing the angel releasing St. Peter, with partial border, smaller gold initials on blue and rose grounds, and many small blue and gold flourished initials

Additions: On fol.154v and 155v a later hand added the prayers Ante conspectum dominice maiestatis, and Si tantum reatum, with the Nicene creed.


Modern brown blind-tooled leather over pasteboards, c.1910, signed on the upper pastedown by '[J. & J.] LEIGHTON. BREWER ST. W.'


Origin: 14th century, beginning ; English

Provenance and Acquisition

Chertsey Abbey

J. & J. Leighton, Catalogue of Manuscripts, Mostly Illuminated Many in Fine Bindings, c. 1914 (?Not later than 1915), [Bod. 2593 e. 952/ii] no. 46 (not no. 36, as stated by Alexander), apparently sold by/during Nov. 1915, to judge by annotations in the company's file copy of the catalogue at the Bodleian [Bod. ref. as above]

Wilfred Merton (1889–1957)

bought by the Bodleian of Martin Breslauer, Catalogue 92, 1960, item 28.

Record Sources

Draft description by Peter Kidd, late 1990s.

Digital Images

Digital Bodleian (8 images from 35mm slides)


Last Substantive Revision

2017-07-01: First online publication.