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A Roman Choir Psalter

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MS. Lat. liturg. a. 2
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A Roman Choir Psalter, with canticles and antiphons: all the Matin psalms for the entire week come first, then those for Lauds, etc., with musical notes. There are thirteen fine miniatures within capitals, and one of them, on fol. 4v, extends over nearly the whole page, at the foot of which (between st. Catherine of Alexandria and another female saint) is a bishop (Ubaldus?) in the act of blessing six Dominican monks (but the Psalter is not Dominican).

At fol. 82v is a miniature of 'S. VBALDVS', who was bishop of Gubbio in Umbria. The MS. is therefore probably connected with Gubbio or its neighbourhood. Besides the miniatures there are more than 250 well-executed large illuminated capitals. Foll. 120-2 are later additions. The next volume is a companion one to this.


  • Creation: Written about A.D. 1500 in Italy, perhaps at Gubbio


120 Leaves

Language of Materials

  • Latin

Preferred Citation

Oxford, Bodleian Libraries [followed by shelfmark and folio or page reference, e.g. MS. Lat. liturg. a. 2, fols. 1-2]

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MS. Lat. liturg. a. 2

Collection ID (for staff)

CMD ID 20410


A Roman Choir Psalter

Biographical / Historical

biographical details unknown.

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. V, no. 30554

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Found at the end of MSS. Liturg. in 1885.

Physical Facet

On parchment, with fine miniatures and illuminated capitals, etc., in parts injured


21 3/4 × 15 5/8 in.

A Roman Choir Psalter
EAD version 2020 by Alice Whichelow
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Repository Details

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Weston Library
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Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom