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MS. Lat. liturg. f. 21

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


Book of Hours, Use of Sarum.
Language(s): Latin
(fols. 2v-3r)

Added 16th-cent. prayers, etc.; and, upside-down, a name and date (see under Provenance); fols. 2r, 3v blank.

Prayer Auxiliatrix sis (Wordsworth, Horae Eboracenses, p.31) with rubric in English
Rubric: These prayers folowing ought for to be sayd as ye departe out of your chambre at your uprisyng
Language(s): Latin and English
Office of the Virgin, with the Hours of the Cross worked in

Among the suffrages after Lauds is one to Cuthburga (fol. 17v) and two for relics of saints (the first with '... sanctorum tuorum quorum reliquie in hac continentur ecclesie ...'; the second with 'presenti' instead of 'hac'; fols. 17v-18r)

Language(s): Latin
Seven joys of Our Lady
Incipit: Gaude flore uirginali
Incipit: Dulcissime domine ihesu christe
(pr. Wordsworth, op. cit, 64–5)
Language(s): Latin
Variable parts of the office of the Virgin during the year
Language(s): Latin
(fol.41v, fol.46v)
The Seven Penitential Psalms and the Fifteen Gradual Psalms,

the first twelve given by cue only

Language(s): Latin
Rubric: letania maior

Followed by five collects, the fifth ending imperfect due to the excision of a leaf after fol. 51.

Language(s): Latin
Office of the dead (beg. imperf. in Vespers in Ps.137:2 (at '|| tuo Super misericordia ...') (cf. Wordsworth, op. cit., 100))
Language(s): Latin
Language(s): Latin
Variable parts of the litany for the days of the week except Monday
Language(s): Latin
Psalms of the Passion. (cf. Wordsworth, op. cit., 114–5)
Language(s): Latin
(fols. 91v-92v)

Added prayers:

Incipit: Dulcissime domine ihesu christe
(a longer version than that on fol. 29r-v).
Incipit: Deus qui beatissimam virginem mariam in conceptu et partu
(pr. Wordworth, op. cit., 64)
Incipit: Deus qui ecclesiam tuam meritis beati Ricardi confessoris tui atque pontificis [of Chichester]
(cf. Wordworth, op. cit., 174 n. 1)
Incipit: Interueniat pro nobis [quesumus domine ?] ihesu christi apud tuam sanctam clementiam
(cf. Wordworth, op. cit., 147)
(fols. 193r-194v)

Originally blank, inscribed in the 16th cent. with the motto(?) 'post tenebras spero lucem' written twice upside-down at the bottom of fol. 194v.

Physical Description

Secundo Folio: Domine labia
Form: codex
Support: parchment
Extent: i (parchment strip) + ii (medieval paper) + 92 + ii (medieval paper) + i (modern paper) + i (parchment strip)
Dimensions (leaf): 120 × 95 mm.
Dimensions (written): 85 × 55 mm.


1(10), 2(8)–5(8), 6(8)(7 cut out), 7(8)–11(8), most quires with catchwords framed by scrolls


21 long lines. Ruled in brown ink with 22 lines, the top, middle, and bottom pairs ruled the full width of the page; and single vertical bounding lines etending the full height of the page


Good borders, historiated and other initials (badly defaced). (P&A iii. 1007)

Three historiated initials, all badly smudged, with foliate and pen-spray extensions forming partial borders:

  • (fol. 5r) Hours of the Virgin: 9-line initial D[omine]: Annunciation.
  • (fol. 41v) Penitential Psalms: 6-line initial D[omine]: Last Judgement
  • (fol. 68v) Commendation of Souls: 7-line initial B[eati]: Angels carrying a soul to heaven in a napkin.

Five- or six-line initials in gold, on rose, blue, and white grounds, with foliate and pen-spray entensions to the first prayer and the hours from Lauds to Compline (fols. 4r, 9v, 19r, 21r, 22v, 24r, 25r, 26v).

Two-line initials in blue with red penwork flourishing to psalms, prayers, etc.; one-line initials alternately plain red or blue to verses, etc.; line-fillers in the litanies alternately blue or red.


Sewn on three bands and half bound in 19th-cent. brown suede and gray paper over pasteboards.

Accompanying Material

Two strips from a 15th cent. English gradual are in the binding.


Origin: 15th century, middle ; English

Provenance and Acquisition

Possibly written for someone connected with the secular college of Wimbourne, Dorset, to judge by some of the prayers after Lauds in the Hours of the Virgin.

'Willelmus Weston de Lincolns Inn 1560' (fol. 2v)

'Ioannes Blykks (?)' (fol. 4)

Sotheby's, October? 1903

Given by the executors of Dr. J. Wickham Legg, 1922.

Record Sources

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

Digital Images

Digital Bodleian (full digital facsimile)
Digital Bodleian (1 image from 35mm slides)

Last Substantive Revision

2017-07-01: First online publication.