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MS. Rawl. liturg. b. 1

Summary Catalogue no.: 15850


Missal, Use of Whitby Abbey, Yorks.

Additions: Summe sacerdos (fol. 1), masses of the Visitation of the Virgin and St. Barbara. Kalendar (fol. 4); epistles and gospels for the Wednesdays in Advent, rubric for the Credo (fol. 11), private prayers before mass (fol. 11v); additional mass of St. William of York; temporale (fol. 12) with the order of the mass after the vigil of Pentecost (fol. 118v) with Communicantes, intonations of the Gloria, prefaces on music and canon (fol. 128); Istud evangelium compositum fuit per Iohannem [papam] xxii (fol. 183: gospel and prayer of the passion); blessing of holy water (fol. 184); addition of the mass of St. Ann; proser without music (fol. 186); sanctorale (fol. 202), beginning with St. Thomas of Canterbury (28 Dec.); common of the saints (fol. 250); votive masses (fol. 269), incomplete. No rubrics.

Language(s): Latin

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment
Extent: 1 + 1 + 281 + 1 + i fol., 2 leaves wanting after fol. 127.
Dimensions (leaf): 374 × 255 mm.
Dimensions (written): 255 × 177 mm.


2 columns of 31 lines (canon 21)

Musical Notation:

Square notation mostly in 2 col. of 7 staves of 4 red lines.


Fine borders, initials. (P&A iii. 724, pl. LXXII)

Initials on gold background and borders, made of gold, blue and pink bars, decorated with interlace, sprays of foliage and flowers, masks, grotesques and gold disks on fols. 12r, 19v, 101r, 114v, 121v, 128r, 130v, 131r, 132v, 140v, 142r, 186r, 191v, 202r, 205v, 219r, 221r, 230v, 233r, 235r, 238v, 243v, 245r, 245v, 248r and 269r.

Red and blue penwork initials decorated with contrasting purple and red penwork.

Accompanying Material

Fol. 282 is a fragment of a Latin logical treatise, 15th century.


Origin: 14th century, end ; English, Whitby Abbey, Yorks

Provenance and Acquisition

Richard Rawlinson, 1690–1755

Bequeathed by him to the Bodleian.

Record Sources

Adapted (2018) from S. J. P. Van Dijk, Handlist of the Latin Liturgical Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library Oxford Vol. 1: Mass Books; Pächt and Alexander; and the Summary Catalogue (1895); with additional description of decoration by Elizabeth Solopova, c. 2000.

Digital Images

Digital Bodleian (6 images from 35mm slides)


Last Substantive Revision

2017-07-01: First online publication.