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Hours of the Virgin, according to the use of Rouen (fol. 28), written in the first half of the 15th cent. in France

MS. Douce 253
Held at the Weston Library

  • Request

Preceded by:

  1. (fol. 1) a French calendar
  2. (fol. 13) Capitula from the Gospels
  3. (fol. 18) genealogy of Christ, with Jesse tree miniature:
  4. (fol. 20) prayers

Followed by:

  1. (fol. 75) Hours of the Cross
  2. (fol. 78) Hours of the Holy Spirit
  3. (fol. 82) the Penitential psalms with litany
  4. (fol. 100) Office for the Dead
  5. (fol. 134) the Fifteen Joyes
  6. (fol. 140) the Seven Requestes
  7. (fol. 149) suffrages

There are many fine miniatures, borders and capitals, the first-named glazed over: one (fol. 134) contains a portrait, probably of the lady for whom the book was written. Fol. 142 is mutilated.


  • Creation: written in the first half of the 15th cent. in France


153 Leaves

Language of Materials

  • Latin
  • French


MS. Douce 253

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 21827

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 leather with gold ornament, 18th cent. work


7 1/4 × 5 1/2 in.

Repository Details

Part of the Bodleian Libraries Repository

Weston Library
Broad Street
Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom