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Excerpts from the Breviary, for private use, written in 1563 in Italy

MS. Douce 10
Held at the Weston Library

  • Request

Consisting of:

  1. (fol. 6) a calendar
  2. (fols. 24, ccxcv) miscellaneous prayers, etc.
  3. (fol. i) capitula from the Gospels
  4. (fol. vi) Hour Services for Matins and Lauds for each day of the week
  5. (fol. lxivv) 'Precum & lectionum quotidianarum ordo' from Advent to the first Sunday after Easter
  6. (fol. ccxxxviii) Penitential Psalms with litany
  7. (fol. ccxlviii) 'Officium mortuorum'
  8. (fol. cclxxixv) Hymns

There are many ornate half-page miniatures and borders, and on fol. ccxcvii a full-page figure of Death with his hand on a skull.

In the calendar are paintings of the Signs of the Zodiac, and distichs for each month (beg. 'Jano cum tristis facies'). The date '1563' is on a miniature on fol. cxxi.


  • Creation: written in 1563 in Italy


28 Leaves

Language of Materials

  • Latin


MS. Douce 10

Other Finding Aids

Falconer Madan, et al., A summary catalogue of western manuscripts in the Bodleian Library at Oxford which have not hitherto been catalogued in the Quarto series (7 vols. in 8 [vol. II in 2 parts], Oxford, 1895-1953; reprinted, with corrections in vols. I and VII, Munich, 1980), vol. IV, no 21584

Our best descriptions for medieval items in this collection are in Medieval Manuscripts in Oxford Libraries under MSS. Douce.

Physical Facet

On parchment, with illuminations, binding: red velvet, about A.D. 1800


4 × 2 3/4 in.

Repository Details

Part of the Bodleian Libraries Repository

Weston Library
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Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom