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A book of devotional offices, etc., for private use, written about A.D. 1433-1475 in England

MS. Douce 18
Held at the Weston Library

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Consisting of:

  1. (fol. 2) select festival and votive masses
  2. (fol. 17) proper prefaces, benedictions, etc., Hours of the Virgin with many rubrics
  3. (fol. 36v) more masses
  4. (fol. 42) Calendar and calendarial tables
  5. (fol. 56v) more masses
  6. (fol. 68) 'Liber Psalmorum ymnorum vel soliloquiorum prophete de Christo', i.e. a Psalter
  7. (fol. 204) Canticles
  8. (fol. 218) followed by a Litany
  9. (fol. 229) and an Office for the Dead with prayers, etc.

At fols. 256, 256v, are masses 'pro Rege' and 'pro Rege & Regina.' An English table of contents is at fol. 1.

The calendarial tables suggest the date 1433 for the book, but some are copied from earlier tables of 1386 (cf. fol. 54), and one is of 1475 (fol. 66v: added). There are figures of eclipses 1433-62 (fol. 49).

There are some good miniatures on fols. 10v, 11, 68, and several smaller ones, with borders, etc.


  • Creation: written about A.D. 1433-1475 in England


262 Leaves

Language of Materials

  • Latin
  • English


MS. Douce 18

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 21592

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

Custodial History

Owned by S. Cooke (fols. 1v, 259v: 18th cent.), and given by John Cooke, M.A., chaplain of Ch. Ch. Oxford, to John Ireland 'pharmacopola' in 1779.

Physical Facet

On parchment, illuminated


4 5/8 × 3 1/4 in.

Repository Details

Part of the Bodleian Libraries Repository

Weston Library
Broad Street
Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom