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MS. Lat. liturg. f. 29

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


Breviary, Use of Sarum (portable, rubricated)

The book is misbound; texts are described here in their correct order

Language(s): Latin
(fols. 81–8, 129–32, 174, 89–128, 1–5v)

Ferial psalter

followed by ferial canticles, the Litany and ferial litanies; lacking Pss.21:4–26:4 (from '... in sancto habi[catchword:]tas ||' to '|| mee. Ut uideam ...') due to the loss of two leaves before fol. 129; and lacking Pss.37:6–58:13 (from '... cica[catchword:]trices ||' to '||orum et conprehendantur ...') due to the loss of probably two quires after fol. 174.

Language(s): Latin
(fols. 6r-22r)

Common of the Saints

Language(s): Latin
(fol.22–80, 133–73, 175-end)

Sanctorale, including a collect for the Deposition of St. Osmund: 'In deposicione sancti osmundi episcopi et confessoris ...

Language(s): Latin
Office of the dead

Notes on virtues, vices, the Our Father and the Creed.

(added later)
Language(s): Latin
Rhythmical Office for the translation of St.Osmund (added by the scribe)
Incipit: Suscipe cum gaudio mater filiorum

with Lessons for the octave, and (fol.181) the Office of the Transfiguration.

Language(s): Latin

Physical Description

Secundo Folio: (fol. 2)dit igneus
Secundo Folio: (fol. 82)dominus ego
Form: codex
Support: parchment
Extent: ii (modern parchment) + 184 + ii (modern parchment)
Dimensions (leaf): 160 × 100 mm.
Dimensions (written): 110 × 70 mm.


1(8)–16(8), 17(8) (1, 2, 7 missing, 8 = fol. 174), 18(8)–21(8), 22(8+2)((9th leaf should be the first leaf of the next quire; 10th leaf should follow fol. 132), 23(8) (1 now bound with preceding quire; 8 now bound with following quire), 24(8?+1–5?) (1st leaf now bound with previous quire, 4th-8th leaves missing) (fols. 181–184) the quires signed at left corner of lower margin of verso of 1st leaf i, k, 1, a-g, a, e, d, f-h, b.3–4, h, i, (21–23 not numbered), a.1–3. most quires with catchwords in the margin below the inner column of textThe order of the leaves should be fol.81–88, 2 leaves (?) missing, 129–32, 174, a quire (?) missing, 97–104, 89–96, 105–128, 1–80, 133–173, 175-end.


Ruled in leadpoint (except the innermost bifolium of quire IX, and quire X, ruled in brown ink), in two columns (except fols. 176r-177v, 181v-184v, in one column) of 30 lines, the top pair and bottom pair ruled the full width of the page, all other horizontals usually within the single vertical bounding lines which extend the full height of the page. 29 lines of text. Prickings frequently survive in the three outer margins


Two-line initials in blue with red penwork flourishing; one-line initials alternately plain red or blue; very simple line-fillers, alternately red or blue, in the litanies; plain blue two-line initials in the added offices (fols. 177v-184v).


Re-sewn on four split straps and bound in wood boards (the lower board oak, the upper cover a modern replacement); the lower board with remains of two metal clasps.


Origin: 1443 (?) ; English, Salisbury (?)

Provenance and Acquisition

‘Explicit in festo s.Ruphi martyris [27 Aug.] anno domini 1443o littera dominicalis e [= 1444 leap year]’ (fol.175); collect In depositione s.Osmundi episcopi et confessoris [canonised 1456] (fol.25); collects of SS. Oswald, David and Chad [often omitted in Salisbury manuscripts of Sarum use] added by the scribe (fols. 42v–43 in lower margin)

'Samuel Frith Book', fol.148v (cf.21v, 22v, 88v), 17th century

Given by F. E. Norris, 1952

Record Sources

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


    Printed descriptions:

    S. J. P. van Dijk, Latin Liturgical Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library, Oxford, vol. 2: Office Books (typescript, 1957), p. 301

Last Substantive Revision

2017-07-01: First online publication.