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MS. Laud Misc. 282

Summary Catalogue no.: 1259

Missal; Germany (Speyer), c. 1430-1440


(fols. 1r-330v)
Missal, local use

Fragmentary calendar (fol. 1), Jan. Febr.; mass of the Three Kings (fol. 2); temporale (fol. 3) with Epistole et evangelia feriarum per circulum anni. Excepta quadragesima (fol. 35) instead of the first Sunday of Lent (fol. 67 continues: feria secunda post Invocavit). Fols. 131-44 a replacement: there is a gap in the original foliation between cxxviii (fol. 130) and cxlvi (fol. 145). Bidding Prayers of Good Friday to Monday after Easter are replaced by the intonations, introducing the order of the mass and a series of festive and votive masses (fol. 145); sanctorale (fol. 215); common of the dedication (fol. 268v) and the saints (fol. 270); votive masses (fol. 301: Incipiunt speciales misse), partly written by another hand which added a proser (fol. 323).

Leather and parchment tags, in the lower (fol. 138) and upper (fols. 131 f.) margins.

Two leaves are wanting between fols. 144 & 145 (Frere, Biblioteca musico-liturgica, p. 98).

Language(s): Latin

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment
Extent: i + 331 + i leaves
Dimensions (leaf): 330 × 250 mm.
Dimensions (written): c. 235 × 160 mm.
Foliation: i, 1-330 (fol. 294 doubled, fol. 331 numbered in error as 231)


2 col. of 29/30 lines.

19 lines in the canon.



Musical Notation:

Gothic notation on 5 lines (3 black, 1 yellow, 1 red)


Fine miniature: fol. 137v, Crucifixion. (P&A i. 155, pl. XI)


Historiated initials: fol. 3r, Annunciation; fol. 13r, Nativity;

Decorated initials.

Penwork initials.

Coloured initials.

Rubrics in black and red underlined.


18th-century speckled calf.


Origin: c. 1430 - 1440 ; German, Speyer

Provenance and Acquisition

Liturgical evidence for Speyer.

William Laud, by 1638.

Part of his third donation to the Bodleian, sent 28 June 1639.

Record Sources

Description adapted (Sept. 2020), with additional description of decoration, from the following sources, with additional reference to published literature as cited:
S. J. P. Van Dijk, Handlist of the Latin Liturgical Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library Oxford Vol. 1: Mass Books
Otto Pächt and J. J. G. Alexander, Illuminated Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library Oxford, I (1966), no. 155
Previously described in the Quarto Catalogue (H. O. Coxe, Laudian Manuscripts, Quarto Catalogues II, repr. with corrections, 1969-73, from the original ed. of 1858-1885).

Digital Images

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Last Substantive Revision

2020-09-23: Description revised for Polonsky digitization project.