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MS. Lat. liturg. f. 31

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


Book of Hours

Hours of St. Margaret, with nine lessons at Matins; starting imperfect in the invitatory psalm (at Ps.94:3, at '||nus super omnes does ...') due to the loss of a leaf before fol. 1; ending imperfect in Ps.118:30 (at '...elegi iudicia [catchword:] tua ||'); the first three lessons at Matins are I. 'Dum per uniuersum orbem per sancti spiritus alumpnos ...', II. Tempore illo quidam prefectus nomine olibrius ...', III. 'Altera uero die stipatis quam pluribus militum cuneis ...'.

Language(s): Latin

Physical Description

Secundo Folio: (fol.1)nus super
Secundo Folio: (fol. 2r)tempteruerunt me
Form: codex
Support: parchment
Extent: i (paper) + 71 + i (paper) leaves.
Dimensions (leaf): 130 × 90 mm.
Dimensions (written): 80 × 50 mm.


1(8)(wants 1), 2(8)–9(8), quires missing at the end, catchwords survive in every quire leaf signatures survive on fols. 25–27, 57–58, suggesting tha the series ran from [a]-[i/j]


Ruled in pale pink-brown ink with 13 lines, the top and bottom one ruled the full width of the page; between single vertical bounding lines ruled the full height of the page. 12 lines of text.


Fine borders, initials (partly mutilated). (Pächt and Alexander iii. 906)

Two surviving initials in rose, blue, and white, on a gold ground, from which springs a four-sides foliate border; each initial containing a coat of arms:

  • (fol. 52r) Lauds. Three-line initial D[eus] with perhaps the royal arms of England (gules, a bordure argent, three lions passant, or; with some flaking of pigments); it has been suggested that the two-line initial on fol. 2v representes the same arms drawn in white on a blue ground
  • (fol. 66r) Prime. Three-line initial D[eus] with the arms perhaps of John, baron Tiptoft (1375–1443): argent, a saltire engrailed, gules; most of the margins cut away, but the painted borders were apparently four-sided.

Two-line initials in gold, on rose, blue, and white grounds, with foliate painted and pen-spray extensions, to psalms, lessons, etc.; one-line initials alternately in blue with red penwork, or gold with purple penwork, to verses, etc.


Sewn on four bands and bound in 18th/19th-cent. polished brown calf over pasteboards; the edges of the boards and the raised bands on the spine with simple gilt decoration lines; the upper board almost detached.


Origin: 15th century, second quarter (before 1443) ; English

Provenance and Acquisition

On fol.52, incorporated in an initial, are the royal arms, and similarly, on fol.66, the arms of John, baron Tiptoft (1375?–1443): argent, a saltire engrailed, gules, which are also found in white outline on a blue ground on fol.2v.

Sir Henry Lawson (bookplate bearing his arms, crest, motto 'LEVE ET RELUIS', and name)

C. W. Dyson Perrins (cf. MS. Lat. liturg. g. 8)

Sold at Sotheby's, 11 April 1961, lot 125; bought by the Bodleian.

Record Sources

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

Last Substantive Revision

2017-07-01: First online publication.