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MS. Lat. liturg. g. 4

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


Book of Hours, Use of Rome.
Language(s): Italian and Latin
Office of the Virgin
Language(s): Latin
Penitential psalms
Language(s): Latin
Language(s): Latin
Collects of SS. Ligerius and Humphrey
Language(s): Latin
Psalm 90
Language(s): Latin
Quicunque vult
Language(s): Latin
Mass of the Virgin
Language(s): Latin
Litany of the Virgin
Language(s): Latin


Incipit: O domine Iesu Christe adoro te
Incipit: O dulcissime domine Iesu Christe verus deus
The fifteen Oes of St. Brigid
Language(s): Italian
Incipit: Sancta maria madre de dio humilissima
Language(s): Latin and Italian
Ten commandments, seven gifts of the Spirit, works of spiritual and corporal mercy, sacraments and virtues, five senses

Fol.135v–139v, 196v–198v are blank.

Language(s): Italian

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment
Extent: iii + 218 leaves
Dimensions (leaf): 100 × 70 mm.
Dimensions (written): 55 × 40 mm.


1(10)–9(10), 10(10) (10 added on a cancel), 11(10)–14(10), 15(10) (+ 1 added after 3), 16(10)–18(10), 19(8), 20(10), 21(10), 22(8), catchwords


14 long lines


Good miniatures, historiated and other borders, historiated and other initials. (Pächt and Alexander ii. 594, pl. LVI)

Three full page miniatures showing the Annunciation (fol.iiiv); David penitent (fol.97v); the Nativity (fol.143v), of which the first and third appear to be incomplete.

Facing these are: (1) leaf scroll and flower borders, two with insets of animals in landscape.

(2) historiated initials showing the Virgin and Child, king David and a priest celebrating Mass respectively

A few smaller initials in gold, blue and green.

The rest red and blue with violet and red flourishes


19th cent. calf binding over boards.


Origin: c. 1500 ; Italian, Venice

Provenance and Acquisition

Arms of the Balbi family of Venice, fols. 1, foot: gules a fess per pale or and azure.

Written for a nun (feminine forms in prayers, fols. 157v, 163v, 169v, 201), perhaps a member of the Franciscan convent of St. Louis of Toulouse at Venice (St. Louis is in the confiteor, fol. 141v)

Given by George James Dew, 1931.

Record Sources

Typescript description by Bodleian library staff


    Printed descriptions:

    S. J. P. van Dijk, Latin Liturgical Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library, Oxford, vol. 4: Books of Hours (typescript, 1957), p. 270

Last Substantive Revision

2017-07-01: First online publication.