A catalogue of Western manuscripts at the Bodleian Libraries and selected Oxford colleges

MS. Rawl. liturg. g. 2

Summary Catalogue no.: 15834


Book of Hours
Language(s): Latin, English
Prayers and hymns, Use of Sarum
Language(s): Latin, English

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment


Fine borders, initials. (Pächt and Alexander iii. 729, pl. LXXII)

fol. 113r

  • Type initial
  • Subject Pink and blue initial on gold background, decorated with sprays of vine leaves and gold disks; head of Christ with cruciform halo (rubbed).
  • Type border (upper, left and lower margins)
  • Subject Border made of gold, pink and blue bars, decorated with foliage and gold disks (Penitential Psalms).

Pink and blue initials on gold background and borders made of gold, pink and blue bars, decorated with sprays of vine leaves and gold disks on fols. 93v, 98r, 101r, 104r, 108v, 146v and 188r.

Gold initials on pink and blue background with white arabesque and geometric designs; sprays of gold vine leaves extending into margins.

Blue and gold initials decorated with red and purple penwork.

Gold and blue line-endings.


Stamped leather on boards, injured.


Origin: 14th century, end ; English, East Anglia (?)

Provenance and Acquisition

Richard Rawlinson, 1690–1755

Bequeathed to the Bodleian in 1755

Record Sources

Summary description abbreviated from the Summary Catalogue (1895). Decoration, localization and date follow Pächt and Alexander (1973). Additional description of decoration by Elizabeth Solopova, c. 2000.

Digital Images

Digital Bodleian (2 images from 35mm slides)


    Printed descriptions:

    S. J. P. van Dijk, Latin Liturgical Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library, Oxford, vol. 4: Books of Hours (typescript, 1957), p. 138

Last Substantive Revision

2022-04-04: Add binding information from Summary Catalogue.