Skip to main content

An alphabet of well-painted capitals (early 16th cent. ?), painted chiefly early in the 16th cent. in France

MS. Douce f. 2
Held at the Weston Library

  • Request

A few illuminated letters and ornaments of earlier date and some 17th cent. paintings of flowers have been inserted: at the end is a French 17th cent. recipe for making 'Or pour ecrire a la plume': fols. 25-56, etc., are blank. The volume originally contained 124 leaves, but Douce notes that the leaves taken out were ' blank & dirty.'.

'Rogerius Le Lieur emit hunc librum pro Carthusia Parisiensi r. 1. 1. c.' (16th cent.): the binding bears on one side 'Iesus Maria', on the other ' D. Rogerius Le Lieur', and on both sides a stamped crucifix: 'D. Roger Le Lieur' is also illuminated on the inner covers. Presumably the purchaser was connected with the Chartreuse, and had the use of the book.


  • Creation: painted chiefly early in the 16th cent. in France


78 Leaves

Language of Materials

  • French


MS. Douce f. 2

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 22000

Physical Facet

On parchment, imperfect binding: brown leather (with clasps)


6 × 4 5/8 in.

Repository Details

Part of the Bodleian Libraries Repository

Weston Library
Broad Street
Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom