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'Officium beate Marie Virginis secundum consuetudinem Romane Curie', preceded by a calendar (fol. 1), and Capitula from the Gospels (fol. 13), written in or shortly before 1527-1528, in Italy

MS. Douce 40

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Followed by:
  1. (fol. 114) a 'Missa sancte Marie'
  2. (fol. 123) 'Septem Psalmi Penitenciales' with litany
  3. (fol. 151) 'Officium Mortuorum'
  4. (fol. 198) 'Officium sancte Crucis
  5. (fol. 203v) 'Officium sacratissime Passionis ...'
  6. (fol. 230) 'Officium Sancti Spiritus'
  7. a few prayers, one in Italian
There are many very fine miniatures, capitals, borders, etc., which are described in Waagen's Art Treasures in Great Britain (1854), iii. 102, and J. W. Bradley's Dict. of Miniaturists (1887), i. 207.

See also H. Shaw's Illuminated Ornaments (1833), no.xxxviii.

The miniatures are stated to be in the style of the Glockendons of Nuremberg, while the borders may have been executed at Milan, showing a mixture of Italian and Netherlandish styles. On one miniature (fol. 36av) 's. c. f. Ao mdxxvii', the date being repeated on fol. 74v, and mdxxviii on fol. 229av.

The book was written and painted for Bona (Sforza) wife of Sigismund I, king of Poland (married 1518, but some of the prayers belong in contents to an earlier year than 1527-8 (see fols. 144, 251v): 'Bona' is in a prayer on fol. 249: the arms of Poland and Sforza-Visconti are in many places, and combined on fol. 36av. 'S.B.R.P.' and 'S.S.R.P.'are on fols. 20av, 37, 229av, (presumably 'Scutum Bonae (or Sigismundi) reg. Poloniae'), and once with the motto 'Cetera parvi.'.


  • written in or shortly before 1527-1528, in Italy


271 Leaves

Conditions Governing Use



MS. Douce 40

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 21614

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

Physical Facet

With many very fine miniatures, capitals, borders, etc., binding: blue velvet


5 5/8 × 4 1/4 in., in a cloth case slightly larger

Repository Details

Part of the Bodleian Libraries Repository

Weston Library
Broad Street
Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom