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MS. Rawl. A. 417

Summary Catalogue no.: 11298


(fol. 38)
Mass of St Anne
Rubric: Officium misse ad laudem et honorem dei
Incipit: Noli timere mater

Followed by the music of introit, gradual, etc. (fol. 43).

Language(s): Latin

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment
Dimensions (leaf): 141 × 121 mm.
Dimensions (written): 133 × 84 mm.


17 lines

Musical Notation:

Square notation on 5 staves of 4 red lines


Good miniatures.

  • Genesis i.2;
  • Genesis i.4;
  • Genesis xxix.16–17;
  • The Ark;
  • Genesis xli. 18–19;
  • Job i.18–19;
  • Zoroaster's fourteen columns of the arts;
  • Cecrop's seven cities of Crete;
  • Psalm xxii.(xxiv.)6;
  • 2 Esrdas ii.19;
  • Esther v.2;
  • Celebration of the mass (fol. 37v);
  • Psalm lxxxiv. (lxxxv.) 10

Good borders.

Good initials. (P&A i. 838, pl. LXI)


Rebound for Guillaume Glorian (see Provenance) in 1677. A note by Glorian in the MS. states that it was previously bound in 'satin bleuf'.


Origin: 16th century, beginning ; French

Provenance and Acquisition

Royal arms of France, fol. 1.

Charles VIII of France (?; see below).

Charles IX of France (?; see below).

Guillaume Glorian, 1677. A note in the MS. by Glorian states that it was the presentation copy given to Charles VIII in 1495 when he was crowned emperor of Constantinople at Rome in 1495.

Nicolas-Joseph Foucault, 1643–1721.

Samuel Gale, 1682–1754, no. 111 in the catalogue of his sale, London, 1754 (ESTC T163887)

Richard Rawlinson, 1690–1755. A letter of Rawlinson's (Ballard MS. 2, fol. 163v) states that the present MS. belonged to Charles IX of France.

Bequeathed by him to the Bodleian.

Record Sources

Description adapted (2018) from S. J. P. Van Dijk, Handlist of the Latin Liturgical Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library Oxford (typescript, 1957) Vol. 1: Mass Books, p. 200a [fols. 38–43], Pächt and Alexander, and the Quarto Catalogue (W. D. Macray, Catalogi codicum manuscriptorum Bibliothecæ Bodleianæ...viri munificentissimi Ricardi Rawlinson, J.C.D., codicum...complectens, Quarto Catalogues V, 5 fascicles, 1862–1900).

Digital Images

Digital Bodleian (7 images from 35mm slides)


    Otto Pächt and J. J. G. Alexander, Illuminated Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library Oxford, I (1966), no. 838

Last Substantive Revision

2017-07-01: First online publication.