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A Psalter, with canticles (fol. 173), written perhaps at the close of the 13th and the beginning of the 14th cent. in France

MS. Douce 48
Held at the Weston Library

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Preceded by an illuminated calendar (fol. 1), and fourteen illuminated pages, each bearing four medallion-shaped miniatures of the Life of Joseph (fol. 13): and followed by:

  1. (fol. 188) a litany
  2. (fol. 191) Hours of the Virgin
  3. (fol. 227) the Penitential psalms
  4. (fol. 235) the Office for the Dead

The calendar especially honours st. Francis and Antony.

Fols. 191-end appear to be rather later than the rest, and a leaf appears to be lost at the end of the Psalter, after fol. 189, which has exchanged places with 190. Besides the miniatures, there are some illuminated borders, capitals, etc.


  • Creation: written perhaps at the close of the 13th and the beginning of the 14th cent. in France


271 Leaves

Language of Materials

  • Latin


MS. Douce 48

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 21622

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

Related Materials

See also MS. Douce 39 for Hours of the Virgin according to the same French use, although the calendar is different.

Physical Facet

On parchment, with illuminations, miniatures


5 7/8 × 4 in.

Repository Details

Part of the Bodleian Libraries Repository

Weston Library
Broad Street
Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom