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Book of Hours: '... Hore beate Marie Virginis secundum vsum Romane ecclesie', written in the Netherlands in about A.D. 1488

MS. Douce 311

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Preceded by:

  1. (fol. 1v) a calendar in French
  2. list of Easter Days from 1488-1508
  3. (fol. 9) Hours for each day of the week, etc.
  4. (fol. 51) the 'Missa beate Marie'
  5. (fol. 55v) Capitula from the Gospels

Followed by:

  1. (fols. 95v, 121) prayers, some in French
  2. (fol. 103) Penitential Psalms with litany
  3. (fol. 112v) suffrages
  4. (fol. 126) 'Officium Vigilie Mortuorum'

There are thirteen full-page miniatures in Netherlandish style, very finely executed, but not of the finest drawing, with many smaller pictures, and elaborate borders of flowers, insects, fruit, jewels, gems, as well as scenes: but leaves presumably bearing miniatures are lost after fols. 33, 52, 55, 67, 76, 78, 80, 82, and perhaps elsewhere. See Waagen's Treasures of Art (1854), iii. p. 74. Stt. Gertrude and Gudule in the litany may indicate the neighbourhood of Brussels. The binding (early 19th cent. ?) is of green morocco, with fine gold ornament and gilt clasps: on one side in the centre is 'T. W.' with ' Deus alit me', on the other the arms of Williams, i.e. 'the rev. Theodore Williams, vicar of Hendon 1812-76', according to a note in the official copy of the Douce Catalogue, which refers to 'MS. Gr. Bib. d. 1.' The inside cover at each end is of white parchment, delicately and beautifully ornamented with a design in gold. [Is the white C on a butterfly's wing on f. 9 a marking, or a painter's initial? And can anything rational be made out of the inscriptions on plaques figured on f. 21v and on drapery figured on ff. 30, 46v (left of chair), 59v, 73v? E.W.B.N.].

See above.


  • Creation: written in the Netherlands in about A.D. 1488


152 Leaves

Language of Materials

  • Latin
  • French

Conditions Governing Use



MS. Douce 311

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 21885

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

Physical Facet

On parchment, finely illuminated and bound


9 3/4 × 7 1/4 in.

Repository Details

Part of the Bodleian Libraries Repository

Weston Library
Broad Street
Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom