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Book of Hours, Use of Rome, written in the 15th cent. in France

MS. Douce 51

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'Hore beate Marie Virginis secundum vsum Romanum' (fol. 74), preceded by:
  1. (fol. 1) a calendar
  2. (fol. 14) capitula, etc.
  3. (fol. 31) 'Hore sancte Crucis'
  4. (fol. 39) 'Hore Sancti Spiritus'
  5. (fol. 48) 'Missa beate Marie Virginis'
  6. prayers and suffrages
Followed by the 'Septem Psalmi penitenciales' with litany (fol. 153), and the 'Vigilie: Mortuorum' (fol. 176).

There are many full-page and small miniatures, borders, etc. On fols. 45v, 74, are sewn little metal plaques.


  • written in the 15th cent. in France


224 Leaves


MS. Douce 51

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 21625

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

Custodial History

On fols. 222v-3 are French notes showing that the MS. belonged successively to Bernard de Bonnoel, Margaret de Bonnoel, and (by the gift of the last-named) Jehan Vitrac (who wrote a note on Dec. 22, 1582), all of Bordeaux. In 1655 Jehan's grand-daughter Marguerite Brun gave the book to her grandson Iacques de Maures (who also wrote a note), also of Bordeaux.

Physical Facet

On parchment, with illuminations, binding: red velvet with silver clasps, worn


5 3/4 × 4 in.

Repository Details

Part of the Bodleian Libraries Repository

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