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'Hore beate Marie Virginis secundum usum Romanum' Hours of the Virgin Mary for the use of Rome, written in the second half of the 15th cent. in France

MS. Douce 276
Held at the Weston Library

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The Hours are at fol. 18b, preceded by a calendar (fol. 1av), Capitula from the Gospels, etc. (fol. 3), and followed by:

  1. (fol. 74) the Penitential Psalms with ' Letania'
  2. (fol. 88v) 'Vigilie Mortuorum'
  3. (fol. 117) Suffrages.

At fol. 132 is ' Oratio de tribus Regibus.' The Hours of the Cross and of the Holy Spirit are worked in at fols. 32v, 33v, etc. The occurrence of st. Gerematus (for Geremarus, Germer) on May 18 and Sept. 24 points to Beauvais or its neighbourhood. Besides the usual and appropriate miniatures, almost every leaf bears in the border an illustration of some household or outdoor occupation, sport or game, or caricature: among them are:

  1. (fol. 12v) shooting with a gun
  2. (fol. 93v) a white rabbit as bishop
  3. (fol. 95) the Knight of the Swan
  4. (fol. 116v) painters at work.

The style is often rough, and the taste coarse. Douce has drawn up a list of the subjects. On fol. 3 are the arms, gules three bars wavy or (Thoulongeon, or Or[n]aison ?).

An armorial bookplate of the 'Biblioteque de S. Ange' (Le Fèvre de Caumartin, marquis de S. Ange) is in the volume, corresponding with the binding.


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


141 Leaves

Language of Materials

  • Latin


MS. Douce 276

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 21850

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

Physical Facet

On parchment, profusely illuminated, binding: red leather with the arms of Le Fèvre de Caumartin (18th cent., French)


7 7/8 × 5 1/4 in.

Repository Details

Part of the Bodleian Libraries Repository

Weston Library
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Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom