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MS. Lat. liturg. f. 26

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


Missal, Franciscan

Portable Franciscan missal.


Written by a friar but originally different from the Franciscan calendar.

Temporale (divided into two parts by the general rubrics (fol.70v) and the order of the mass (fol.71, beg: Paratus sacerdos))
Common of saints and of the dedication
Votive masses
Masses of the Holy Trinity, the Holy Ghost, the Cross and the Virgin
Blessing of holy water
Language(s): Latin

Physical Description

Secundo Folio: accommoda
Form: codex
Support: parchment
Extent: iv + 159 leaves (iv + 157 + iii)
Dimensions (leaf): 150 × 100 mm.
Dimensions (written): 125 × 80 mm.


too tightly bound for collation


2 cols., 38 lines (or notation, see below)

Musical Notation:

Square notation on 13 staves of 3 or 4 red lines.


Good calendar miniatures (cropped). Pen flourishes with grotesque heads. (P&A iii. 461)

Miniature for each month in the kalendar in blue, gold, red and green, badly cropped.

Blue initials with red flourishes.

Titles in red, rubrics black and red underlined.


19th cent. straight-grained morocco.


Origin: 13th century, third quarter, c. 1255–1260 ; English, Cornwall (?)

Provenance and Acquisition

The fact that in the kalendar the feast of St. Bernard is added in a later hand and the presence in the original hand of the dedication of the basilica of Sts. Peter and Paul perhaps points to a date about 1260 (cf. S. van Dijk, The breviary of St. Francis, Franciscan Studies IX, 1949, pp. 27, 28). On fol. 2v is a note concerning the Sunday letters, with the date 1311. On fol.1 is an erased inscription.

Feasts added on 6 June and 23 August point to Cornwall.

Feast of St. Oswald described as 'festum patrie' (added to Calendar, 29 Feb., 14th century)

Walter Seton, Sotheby's 28 July 1927, lot 21

Bought by A. G. Little

Given to the Bodleian in 1940. Formerly MS. Lat. th. f. 11

Record Sources

Adapted (2018) from typescript description by Bodleian library staff (n.d.), revised by Peter Kidd (late 1990s); and S. J. P. Van Dijk, Handlist of the Latin Liturgical Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library Oxford Vol. 1: Mass Books.

Digital Images

Digital Bodleian (3 images from 35mm slides)

Last Substantive Revision

2017-07-01: First online publication.