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The Hours of the Virgin according to the use of Rome, followed by the Hours of the Cross, the Hours of the Holy Spirit, the Mass of the Virgin, the Penitential Psalms with litany, and the Office for the Dead), written in the first quarter of the 16th cent. in Italy

MS. Douce 14
Held at the Weston Library

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The Hours of the Virgin is followed by:

  1. (fol. 116) the Hours of the Cross
  2. (fol. 120b) the Hours of the Holy Spirit
  3. (fol. 126) the Mass of the Virgin
  4. (fol. 130) the Penitential Psalms with litany
  5. (fol. 162) the Office for the Dead

There are many very fine miniatures, borders, etc.. A note by Douce ascribes 'the gems, cameos & flowers, and perhaps some of the miniatures' to Girolamo dai Libri. Stt. Miserilianus (Misellianus or Miserianus?) and Brandan occur in the litany at fol. 151.

On fols. 33v, 49, 77v, 116, 148, are the following arms:

  1. Partyper pale, on the dexter side azure a shield argent within an orle or, surrounded by eight crosses of the last
  2. The whole dimidiated per pale, on the sinister side first and fourth azure six plates, three two and one, a chief or, second azure four (?) fleurs de lys or on the sinister side a canton argent (?).
  3. Third pily of nine traits (?) argent and sable.

On fol. 64 is a motto 'A bon droit.'.


  • Creation: written in the first quarter of the 16th cent. in Italy


233 Leaves

Language of Materials

  • Latin


MS. Douce 14

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 21588

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 1/2 × 3 1/4 in.

Repository Details

Part of the Bodleian Libraries Repository

Weston Library
Broad Street
Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom