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The Hours of the Virgin according to the use of Paris, written in 1407 in France

MS. Douce 144

  • Request

Preceded by a French calendar (fol. 6), Capitula from the Gospels (fols. 1 - 5, misplaced, and 18) and prayers. Followed by:

  1. (fol. 93) the Penitential psalms with litany
  2. (fol. 111v) 'Les heures de la Croix'
  3. (fol. 118) the Hours of the Holy Spirit
  4. (fol. 123) 'Les quinze ioyes nostre Dame'
  5. (fol. 128v: a fragment, one page only) 'Les vij requestes des v plaies nostre Seigneur'
  6. (fol. 129) 'Memoires' or suffrages

There are many fine large and small miniatures in both French and Netherlandish styles, French borders with grotesques, etc.: on four pages (fols. 105, 108v, 109, 110) are three elaborate sketches of religious processions: fols. 108v and 109 have been reproduced for the Palæographical Society (2nd s., no. 153): see also Waagen's Treasures of Art, (1854), iii. 75. Leaves are wanting, causing imperfection in the text, after fols. 3, 92, 117, 128. On fol. 27 is 'Factum et completum est anno. mo. cccco. vijo. quo ceciderunt pontes pa. [Parisius].'.


  • Creation: written in 1407 in France


142 Leaves

Language of Materials

  • Latin

Conditions Governing Use



MS. Douce 144

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 21718

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: green leather with gold tooling, 18th cent. French work


8 7/8 × 6 7/8 in. in a case 10 × 7 5/8 in.

Repository Details

Part of the Bodleian Libraries Repository

Weston Library
Broad Street
Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom