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295 lections from the Gospels for festivals, written not later than the early part of the 10th cent. in France (?)

MS. Douce 176

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'Incipit Euangelium de circulo anni', 295 lections from the Gospels for festivals, with one added later at end: beginning with Christmas Day: at fol. 121 is 'Incipῖ lectio** Euang** de diuef** causis', for special occasions; such as rain, the birthday of a pope, etc. At fol. 1v (Christmas) and 62 (Easter) are elaborate letters formed of fishes, birds, and beasts, composing the rubric: many smaller capitals are of yellow, edged with red: green is commonly used, alternating with red, for words and parts of words in the rubrics. Fols. 1 - 2 are slightly imperfect. Into the front outer cover is let an ivory plate carved in thirteen compartments illustrating the life of Christ, 8 5/16 × 4 15/16 in., perhaps of the 10th cent. See Waagen's Treasures of Art (1854), iii. 104, Salt Brassington's Bodleian bindings, plate 1, & reff. there.


  • Creation: written not later than the early part of the 10th cent. in France (?)


129 Leaves

Language of Materials

  • Latin

Conditions Governing Use



MS. Douce 176

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 21750

A facsimile of fol. 1v is in the 1840 Catalogue, see also J. O. Westwood's Palӕographia Sacra Pictoria (1843 - 6).

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

Custodial History

'Ce livre, avant la Révolution, appartenoit à l'abbaye de St. Faron, située près de Meaux. Gosselin.' On May 27, 1833, Payne, the London bookseller, bought the book at m. Abel Remusat's sale.

Physical Facet

On parchment, illuminated, binding: red leather, 18th cent.


11 7/8 × 8 1/4 in.

Repository Details

Part of the Bodleian Libraries Repository

Weston Library
Broad Street
Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom