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Book of Hours, Use of Rome, written in the first half of the 16th cent. in France

MS. Douce 135

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'Hore gloriose Virgin is Marie secundum usum Romanum', preceded by a calendar (fol. 2) and Capitula (fol. 8). Followed by:
  1. (fol. 52) 'Hore de sancta Cruce'
  2. (fol. 54v) 'Hore de Sancto Spiritu'
  3. (fol. 57) 'Septem psalmi penitentiales' and litany
  4. (fol. 68) 'Officium pro defunctis'
  5. (fol. 90) prayers and suffrages.
There are many gorgeous and highly coloured miniatures and borders: besides the ordinary ones suited to the calendar and religious subjects, there is a great variety relating to games, fables, etc., the earthly pedigree of Christ, a Dance of Death (fol. 68v), and the Lives of Job (fol. 74v) and of Abraham (fol. 82v): two are pasted in at fols. 1v, 100.

French words are on fols. 19v, 89, cf. 72: see also fols. 9, 11.


  • written in the first half of the 16th cent. in France


103 Leaves


MS. Douce 135

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 21709

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

Physical Facet

On parchment, illuminated, binding: red velvet with borders and bosses of silver gilt, with clasps


9 7/8 × 6 5/8 in. in a case 11 3/8 × 7 7 /8 in.

Repository Details

Part of the Bodleian Libraries Repository

Weston Library
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Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom