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MS. Laud Misc. 164

Summary Catalogue no.: 1560


Missal, Use of Sarum

Calendar with rubrics (fol. 1); blessing of holy water with notation (fol. 7); temporale (fol. 8v) with the order of the mass (fol. 75), followed by the contemporary addition of the mass of the Transfiguration (fol. 81); common of the dedication (fol. 118v); sanctorale (fol. 120); common of the saints (fol. 160); votive masses (fol. 173); marriage service (fol. 181); masses pro iter agentibus (fol. 182) and of the Holy Name (fol. 182v).

Language(s): Latin

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment
Extent: i + 1 + 183 + 1 + i fol.
Dimensions (leaf): 490 × 330 mm.
Dimensions (written): 320 × 210 mm.


Leaf missing after fol. 78, i.e. before the canon.


2 col. of 41 lines

Musical Notation:

Square notation in 2 col. on staves of 4 red lines


Many illuminated initials and coloured borders. (Not in Pächt and Alexander).


Origin: 15th century, second half ; English

Provenance and Acquisition

In the kalendar the two feasts of St. Osmund of Salisbury (16 July, 4 Dec.) both in red are difficult to be brought into agreement with that of St. Clarus martyr (18 July) which is also in red. Together with the mass of St. Withburga (fol. 129), whose feast is not in the kalendar, the latter seems to point to the diocese of Ely, while those of St. Osmund rather suggest a S. Western origin.

William Laud, by 1636.

Part of his second donation to the Bodleian, sent 16 June 1636.

Record Sources

Adapted (2018) from S. J. P. Van Dijk, Handlist of the Latin Liturgical Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library Oxford (typescript) Vol. 1: Mass Books. Previously described in the Quarto Catalogue (H. O. Coxe, Laudian Manuscripts, Quarto Catalogues II, repr. with corrections, 1969, from the original ed. of 1858-1885) and supplementary sources.

Digital Images

Digital Bodleian (3 images from 35mm slides)

Last Substantive Revision

2017-07-01: First online publication.