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MS. Lat. liturg. f. 22

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


(f. 1)

Portable ferial psalter with antiphons and versicles, containing also:

Language(s): Latin
Collects for the souls of the dead, including two specifically for women
Language(s): Latin
Devotion based on the Five Wounds
Incipit: In honore ac vnione quinque volnerum [sic] ac omnium vulnerum tuorum et preciocissimi sanguinis tui(first prayer)

Each prayer referring to the '... anima .N. ac anime omnium fidelium defunctorum ...' with slight variants

Language(s): Latin
Litany of the dead

each invocation alternating with a prayer as far as ‘Proicius esto’ (fol. 184r), each prayer also referring to '... animam .N. ac animas ...' as in the preceding devotion; followed by four prayers:

Incipit: Fons bonitatis et origo pietatis
Incipit: Pijssime domine ihesi christe consolator tristium
Incipit: Domine ihesu christe. exaudi preces nostras propter honorem omnium animarum fidelium
Incipit: Propter magnitudinem et latitudinem tue caritatis diuine
Language(s): Latin
Rosary of the Virgin

with fifty mysteries

Rubric: Hic incipit rosarium beate Marie
Incipit: Ave maria gratia plena ... Quem tu virgo sanctissima mente et corpore. angelo nunciante de spirium santo concepisti Amen
Language(s): Latin
Rubric: Sequencia
Incipit: Ave preclara maris stella in lucem gencium
(Chevalier, Repertorium 2045)
Language(s): Latin

followed by prayers, versicles and antiphons.

Incipit: Salve Maria gemma pudicicie
Language(s): Latin

Physical Description

Secundo Folio: sua et
Form: codex
Support: Paper; the first leaf of the text parchment, and with strips of parchment sewing-guards in the centre of each quire. Watermarks: fleur de lys in shield with rosette, cf. Briquet 1743–6; letter P, cf. Briquet 8606.
Extent: i (modern paper) + i (parchment) + 4 + 1 (parchment) + 199 + i (parchment) leaves.
Dimensions (leaf): 145 × 105 mm.
Dimensions (written): 95 × 65 mm.


1(12) (1st, 2nd, 11th and 12th leaves are singletons), 2(12)–16(12), 17(8), catchwords survive in most quires leaf signatures survive sporadically, apparently on alternate leaves (e.g. h1, h2, h3 on fols. 85, 87, 89) [a]-[r].


Ruled in brown ink with 19 lines, the top pair and bottom pair ruled the full width of the page; single vertical bounding lines extend the full height of the page; in 1 column; prickings usually survive in the fore-edge and lower margins. 18 written lines


Good initial. (P&A i. 236)

Headings in red.

One seven-line initial to Psalm 1 (fol. 1r): in blue with white foliate decoration, on a ground of red penwork, with florishing extending down the height of the page, the decoration within the initial with touches of green and burnished gold.

Five-line initials in red, with reserved designs, on a ground of purple penwork, the decoration within the initial with touches of green, usually also with burnished gold and/or pale yellow, at the remaining eight-part divisions of the psalter (fols. 27v, 44r, 59v (brown penwork), 75v, 95r (brown penwork), 113r, 132r), and at the start of the Rosary of the Virgin (fol. 187r); the initial to the Devotion on the Five wounds (a letter 'I') may also have been intended at this level in the hierachy, but it uses only red and purple (fol. 173r).

Four-line initials of similar design at the start of the hours of Prime on Sunday (fol. 21v) and for Ps.51 (fol. 59r) and Ps.101 (fol. 115r)

Three-line initials of similar design at the start of the psalms for the second and third nocturns (fol. 13r, 18v), and vespers on Friday (fol. 159r)

Three-line initials of similar design but without gold, green, or yellow, at the start of the psalms for vespers for each other day (fols. 135v, 140v, 143v, 146v, 154v, 165r)

Two-line initials in plain red to other psalms, etc.; plain one-line initials in red to verses, etc.


Original binding. Sewn on four split alum(?) tawed bands, and bound in oak boards coverd in blind-tooled polished brown calf; the covers with a lattice of fillets with rose designs stamped in the interstices; vestiges of two clasps at the fore-edge (fastening from the lower to the upper board); the spine with a paper label inscribed 'BREVIARIUM ANT[...] | MSS.'

Accompanying Material

Fols. i and 201 are former pastedowns, a fragments of a 16th-cent. document in Dutch on parchment; fols. ii-v, are original paper endleaves.


Origin: 15th century, second half ; Dutch

Provenance and Acquisition

Given by G. R. Driver, 1930

Record Sources

Typescript description by Bodleian library staff, revised by Peter Kidd, late 1990s. For more recent description see Elizabeth Solopova, Latin Liturgical Psalters in the Bodleian Library: A Select Catalogue (Oxford, 2013), pp. 391–4.

Digital Images

Digital Bodleian (1 image from 35mm slides)

Last Substantive Revision

2017-07-01: First online publication.