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

MS. Barlow 55

Summary Catalogue no.: 6489*****

Fragments of manuscripts taken from the bindings of the Barlow collection

Physical Description

Composite: collection of fragments
Support: Parchment, apart from fol. 1 and fols 7-13 which are paper and were flyleaves
Extent: 13 leaves
Dimensions (binding): 14.4 × 10.4 in.

History

Provenance and Acquisition

Bequeathed to the Bodleian in 1691 by Thomas Barlow (Summary Catalogue, Vol. 2 Part 2, p. 1043)

MS. Barlow 55 – fol. 3

Contents

(fol. 3)
Glossary (Fragment)

The last section of 'S' and the whole of 'T' (which begins 'Tartarum id est dex vini tam albus quam rubeus')

Language(s): Latin

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment

History

Origin: 13th century ; England

MS. Barlow 55 – fols. 4-5

Contents

(fol.4)
Gradual (fragment)

With notation. At the bottom of fol. 5, there is a line of 15th century notation

There are at least 10 pieces, mainly three-part settings of the Ordinary of the Mass, but also the well-known sequences Mater, ora filium and Alleluya. V. Post partum virgo (Source: DIAMM)

Language(s): Latin

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment
Musical Notation:

Notation.

History

Origin: 13th century ; England

MS. Barlow 55 – fol. 6

Contents

(fol.6).
Breviary, Use of Sarum
Rubric: In die s(an)c(t)i andree ap(osto)li
(fragment)

Lessons for the feast of Andrew

Language(s): Latin

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment

Decoration

Pächt and Alexander iii. 687, discussing the fragment on fol. 6

Good border

Good initial (damaged)

Opening word 'P(roconsul)', and band surrounding the text, decorated with stems of ivy, knotwork and two fantastic birds with dragon wings (Source: Digital Bodleian)

History

Origin: 14th century, end ; England

Additional Information

Record Sources

Description adapted (April 2023) by Stewart J. Brookes from the Summary Catalogue (1937). Decoration, localization and date follow Pächt and Alexander (1973)

Digital Images

Digital Bodleian (1 image from 35mm slide)

Bibliography

    Online resources:

    Printed descriptions:

    S. J. P. van Dijk, Latin Liturgical Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library, Oxford, vol. 6: Fragments - Office Books, Rituals, Directories (typescript, 1957), p. 138

Last Substantive Revision

2023-04-14: Description revised to incorporate all the information in the Summary Catalogue (1922)