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

MS. Buchanan b. 1


Language(s): Latin

Gradual (temporale, local use)

Temporale (fol. 11); Kyriale (fol. 107v); Mass of the Holy Name (fol. 127); additional Credo for 2 voices (fol. 129v). Many masses with a prose. On the verso of the first fly leaf a contemporary hand added the order of: Die mÿsse van den vrede.

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment
Extent: i + 133 fols.
Dimensions (leaf): 383 × 270 mm.
Foliation: Original foliation of Roman figures in the right top corner of the rectos


1 col., 10 lines of script and 10 staves of music, with some variation; written space 265-70 × 175 mm.


Gothic textualis.

Musical Notation:

Gothic notation on 10 staves of 4 black lines


Illuminated initial, coloured border and initials, rubrics.


Original boards covered with leather, 18th century.


Origin: Netherlands ; 1545

Provenance and Acquisition

Fol. 1, on scroll in border, ‘V.D. frater Theodricus de Verle Me fecit. Anno 1545.’

Rt. Hon. T. R. Buchanan (1846-1911).

His widow, Mrs. E. O. Buchanan.

Given by her to the Bodleian in 1941.

Record Sources

Description adapted (August 2019) from the following sources:
A. G. Watson, Catalogue of Dated and Datable Manuscripts c.435-1600 in Oxford Libraries (Oxford, 1984), no. 137
S. J. P. Van Dijk, Handlist of the Latin Liturgical Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library Oxford Vol. 1: Mass Books (typescript, 1957), p. 98 [contents, foliation, music]


    Printed descriptions:

    Otto Pächt and J. J. G. Alexander, Illuminated Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library Oxford, I (1966), no. 262

Last Substantive Revision

2019-08-14: First online publication.