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MS. Laud Misc. 188

Summary Catalogue no.: 1039


Book of Hours, Use of Rome

Office of the Virgin with the Hours of the Cross worked in; Advent (fol. 1), Christmastide (fol. 73) and during the year (fol. 143v); Gradual (fol. 208) and Penitential (fol. 221) psalms with litany (fol. 235); office of the dead (fol. 246v) solom del ordre de frères augustines; rubrics throughout in French.

A leaf missing after fol. 246, some quires are contemporary additions (fols. 41–8, 65–72, etc.)

Language(s): Latin and Middle French

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment
Extent: 1 + 304 + 3 fol.
Dimensions (leaf): 175 × 115 mm.
Dimensions (written): 105 × 65 mm.


14 lines


Pächt and Alexander distinguish three artists (1) quires 1–5, 11, 13, 29–30; (2) quires 6, 9; (3) quires 7–8, 10, 12, 14–28, 31–8. Sandler (1986, no. 149) distinguishes four artists and associated decorators: (1) fols. 1, 73, 143v, 1–32v; (2) fol. 21; (3) fol. 35; (4) fol. 41, fols. 41–48v, 65–72v). Stylistically related (see Sandler) to the Bohun manuscripts, the Carmelite Missal (Master B), and the Litlyngton Missal.

Minature, fol. 1: a young lady dressed in ermine and with a crown, kneeling before the Virgin and Child

Historiated initials on fols. 21, 35, 41, 46v, 73, 143v

Decorated initials and marginal decoration throughout, large initials and borders at the beginning of each Hour.

Borders at the beginning of each Hour.


English, mid-16th century, gilt ornament.



Origin: c. 1380–1400 ; English

Provenance and Acquisition

In the litany the usual prayer for the pope has the words ‘famulo tuo rege nostro’

John, Lord Lumley (d. 1609) (?): ‘Lumley’, end flyleaf.

William Laud, 1633.

Part of his first donation to the Bodleian Library, sent 22 May 1635.

Record Sources

Description adapted (Oct. 2019) from the following sources, with reference to additional published literature as cited:
S. J. P. Van Dijk, Handlist of the Latin Liturgical Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library Oxford Vol. 4: Books of Hours (typescript, 1957), p. 200 [contents, physical description, provenance]
Otto Pächt and J. J. G. Alexander, Illuminated Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library, Oxford, III (1973), no. 666, pl. LXIX [date, decoration]
H. O. Coxe, Laudian Manuscripts, Quarto Catalogues II, repr. with corrections, 1969, from the original ed. of 1858–1885 [binding, acquisition]

Digital Images

Digital Bodleian (full digital facsimile)
Digital Bodleian (8 images from 35mm slides)


    Printed descriptions:

    L. F. Sandler, Gothic manuscripts, 1285–1385 (1986), no. 149

Last Substantive Revision

2019-10-22: Description revised for publication on Digital Bodleian