A catalogue of Western manuscripts at the Bodleian Libraries and selected Oxford colleges

MS. Lat. liturg. g. 8

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

Calendar, Litany, Office of the Dead, and private devotions; English, 15th century, second quarter

Contents

Language(s): Latin with a little English (fol. vii)

(fol. x–xv)
Calendar,

preceded by:

(fol. i)
Mnemonic verses on the articles of faith, sacraments, confession
Incipit: ||Hec sunt precipue sermonibus insinuanda

The section on confession is chiefly taken from Peniteas cito (P.L.207 col. 1153–6), supplemented by verses on reserved cases, including (fol. iii) Deditus esurie (sic), faciens incendia, falsi, Walther, Alphab. Verzeichnis no. 4210.

(fol. v verso)
Table showing on what day the historie ‘In principio’, ‘Si bona’ and others were to be begun according to the dominical letter
(fol. vii)
Rubric: Tabula pro pascha

Brown-Robbins, Index no. 1502, in English verse, with Latin translation, followed by weather verses

Incipit: In Marche after pe firste c
(fol. viii)
Table giving the litere signorum for the years 1430 to 1516.

Fol. xvi, xvii are blanks cut from an earlier MS. On fol. xvii verso is pasted a piece of parchment from the beginning of a Psalter, 12th–13th cent.

(fol. 1)
Litany,

beg. imperf.

(fol. 12v)
Office of the dead,

with the St. Albans series of responds, for which see The monastic breviary of Hyde, ed. Tolhurst, vi. 110 (Henry Bradshaw Soc. 1941–2)

(fol. 24v)
Lauds
Private devotions,

including:

(fol. 25v)
XV oes of St. Bridget
(fol. 36v)
Prayer
Incipit: Domine deus omnipotens, pater et filius et spiritus sanctus da michi famulo tuo victoriam

pr. Sarum Horae, Paris 1536, fol. lxxxi

(fol. 38v)
Rubric: Oratio S. Thome de Aquino
Incipit: Concede michi queso
(fol. 40v)
Prayer
Incipit: O domine deus omnipotens benedictus sis tu qui me creasti
(fol. 41v)
Rubric: Oratio b. Anselmi ante missam
Incipit: Summe sacerdos

pr. Wilmart, Auteurs spirituels, pp. 114–24. The text is of his B type

(fol. 49v)
Verses
Incipit: Christe fili summi patris

Chevalier, Repertorium no. 24399

(fol. 50v)
Rubric: Oratio post missam dicenda
Incipit: Gratias tibi ago piissime d. n. I. C. qui me indignissimum
(fol 52)
Rubric: Oratio ad levationem corporis d. n. I. C.
Incipit: Ave caro Christi cara immolata crucis ara pro redemptis

Chevalier no. 1710

(fol. 52v)
Anima Iesu Christi sanctifica me
(fol. 54)
Rubric: Inc⟨ipit⟩ devotissima oratio ad b. Katerinam
Incipit: Gaude virgo martyr Christi Katerina que vicisti
(fol 55)
Rubric: Oratio b. Thome Cantuariensis archiepiscopi
Incipit: Gaude flore virginali

Chevalier no. 6810

(fol 57)
Rubric: Omnium sanctorum oratio
Incipit: Succurrite michi omnes sancti dei queso ad quorum ego miserrimus
(fol. 59v)
Prayer
Incipit: Deus ineffabilis misericordie et maiestatis immense qui es sanctorum tuorum splendor
(fol. 60v)
Rubric: Octo versus b. Bernardi
Incipit: Illumina oculos meos
(fol. 61v)
Rubric: Oratio multum utilis et necessaria in tempore pestilentiali
Incipit: Stella celi extirpavit

Chevalier no. 19438

Fol. 62v–3r blank.

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment
Extent: xvii + 63 leaves
Dimensions (leaf): 110 × 75 mm.
Dimensions (written): 65 × 45 mm.

Layout

18 long lines

Decoration

Good borders, initials. (P&A iii. 934)

Illuminated initials in gold, blue, pink, larger initials with partial border fol. 25v, 36v, 41v

Binding

remains of 19th cent. calf binding

History

Origin: 15th century, second quarter ; English

Provenance and Acquisition

The calendar, litany and prayer of All Saints (fol. 57) all show saints of Tynemouth Priory, a cell of St. Albans. The calendar and litany closely resemble MS. Gough liturg. 18 (S.C. 18332), which is also from Tynemouth.

'Dominus Robertus Blakeney huius libri est possessor', he was the last prior of Tynemouth

'Dom Wylliam ... habet'

Sir John Lawson of Brough (see Hist. MSS. Comm. 3rd Rep. App. p. 255)

C. W. Dyson Perrins, his sale, Sotheby's, 11 April 1961, lot 123

Dismembered after the sale: when the MS. was sold it contained a French 14th cent. Psalter between the calendar and the litany. Photographs of the pages with historiated initials are kept with the manuscript. In MS. Gough liturg. 18 the calendar and litany were added in the 15th cent. to a 14th cent. Psalter.

Bought 1963.

Record Sources

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

Bibliography