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MS. Lat. liturg. f. 27

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


(fols. 1r-8v)
Book of Hours, Use of Sarum

Fragment: containing prime, terce, sext and part of none of the Hours of the Virgin, with the Hours fo the Cross worked in. Starting imperfect at the start of Prime (at 'Deus in adiutorium ...'), and ending imperfect near the beginning of None (at '... summus sicut con[catchword:]solati ||').

Language(s): Latin

Physical Description

Secundo Folio: populi. Q⟨uonia⟩m
Form: codex
Support: parchment, rather worn and dirty
Extent: i (modern paper) + 8 + i (modern paper) leaves.
Dimensions (leaf): 165 × 125 mm.
Dimensions (written): 125 × 85 mm.
Cropped by the binder.
Foliation: Foliated in modern pencil: i, 1–8.


One quire of eight leaves: 1(8). a catchword 'framed' by a scroll on the final verso


Ruled in red-purple ink with 17 lines, the top and bottom ones extending beyond the single vertical bounding lines, which extend the full height of the page. 16 long lines of text.


Good borders, initials. (P&A iii. 776)

Each hour with a four-line (three-line in None) foliate initial in colours on a gold ground; that to Prime (fol. 1r) with foliate extensions framing the text on all four sides; the others with similar three-sided borders (fols. 4v, 6v, 8v). Psalms etc. with a two-line initial in gold with purple penwork; verses with one-line initials in blue with red penwork.

Rubrics in deep red, capitals touched with yellow wash.


Bound in 20th-cent. pasteboards covered with marbled paper.


Origin: c. 1400 ; English

Provenance and Acquisition

Inscribed in a poor 16th(?) cent. English hand: 'This is mi lord & god' (fol. 3v, bottom margin, upside-down).

J. W. H. Hammond

Given to A. G. Little

Given in 1940. Formerly MS. Lat. th. f. 12.

Record Sources

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

Last Substantive Revision

2017-07-01: First online publication.