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DUL MS Cosin V.V.5. Horae s. xv in.

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9/5/90 AJP revision of AJP

Similar in content and arrangement to the common type of Sarum Hours, see MMBL i.46-48, ii.593-595, iii.27-29, etc., but now lacking the section of Memoriae to be expected after item 2, presumably quire 'c', removed for the sake of its pictures, along with all but two elsewhere in the book. One error or change of plan occurred in the course of producing the book, in item 3 at the end of Prime, see below.

[1] + 105 + [1]. Membrane (0.1114 mm.; flesh and hair sides indistinguishable), 160 X 115 mm. Outer edges cropped.

Collation: 1-26, 3 one (f. 12), 48, 58 wants 6 after f. 24, 68 wants 2 6 and 8 after ff. 27 30 and 31, 78 wants 2 after f. 32, 88, 96 wants 6 (blank ?) after f. 51, 108 wants 1 bfore f. 52, 118 wants 5 after f. 62, 128, 136, 148, 152 + 1 leaf (f. 90) after 2, 168 wants 1 before f. 91, 178. Trace of only one catchword, from f. 89 to f. 90. Quires signed lightly in ink, a-v with c missing, and omitting i/j and o, half-way down the inner edge of the left margin of the first five rectos (e ej e2 e3 + exemplifies the system); in quire 5, 'f', the marking jumps the second leaf, f. 21; in quire 1 the sequence starts with a2 on f. 1; the first of the two stubs now before f. 7 is marked 'd' and is perhaps the return of f. 12. Quires 12-14 also signed in the common way, z $ amen [?].

Prickings in outer margins, some cropped away. Written space 92 or, quire 14, 93-95 x 59 mm.; ruled in violet pencil. 20 long lines.

Written in textura, expertly, by at least four (?) hands, changing for quires 10, 14, and 16.

Decoration: text-capitals lined with red. Initials: (i) 1- line, alternately blue with red flourishing and gold with deep violet-blue flourishing; (ii, iii) 2- and 3-line, gold, on a ground of blue and deep pink embellished with white penwork; (iv) 4-, 5- or 6-line (f. 29r - to Sext, and to arts 3, 15, and 17 - f. 95), in blue or deep pink, decorated with white, on a ground of gold decorated with leaves in blue, orange and deep pink with white highlights.

Pictures: (i) Nine removed, see Collation above; two remain, both round-headed with a plain gold frame, to Sext in art. 3 (Christ carrying the cross and turning towards an onlooker, now neatly cut out, with B.V.M., St John [?], and two men, one holding reed with sponge, behind) and to art. 17 (central seated [?] figure of Jerome cut out, an open book on a wooden desk standing on a squared perspective floor in pink, cardinal's hat on a pole against a carmine background divided into 5.5 mm. squares with gold decoration); (ii) none now at the start art. 3, so perhaps a full-page picture on the verso of a leaf before f. 12 missing.

Borders: on pages with type (iv) initials or pictures, 15-20 mm. wide above, below and to right of text, with an almost identical design on each page of ink tendrils with teasels blobbed with gold, and fruit, flower-heads and leaves in blue, orange and pale green, with a plant at each corner, and a short spray to left of text.


1. (quire 1) ff. 1-6v Calendar, in red and black.

Feasts in red include 'Niquaerdi epi' for Riquier, 'Translatio riquaerdi' (3 April, 16 June), 'Translacio edmundi' (9 June), 'Anne matris marie' (26 July). Omits Swithin (15 July). Spellings include 'Exmundi' for Edward (18 March), 'Aldelini' for Aldhelm (25 May), 'Ediche' (16 Sept.), 'Leonaerdi' (6 Nov.). In each month except May two dies mali are indicated by a red D to the right, cf. The Sarum Missal (1916), pp. xxi-xxxii, which has no D on 20 April, 16 June, 30 Aug., 28 Nov. or 22 Dec., but does have two in May.

2. (quire 2) ff. 7-11v [O domine Ihesu christe eterna dulcedo, beginning lost] paschali tempore ... ... cum omnibus sanctis tuis in eternum. Amen. pater noster.

Fifteen Oes of St Brigid, lacking most of the first. As Horae Ebor., pp. 76-80, except that 'vera libertas' follows 'celestis medice'. The cue 'pater noster' written in red in each case.

Items 3-11 are on quires 3-9.

3. ff. 12-34v Hours of B.V.M. of the use of [Sarum].

Hours of the Cross worked in. Single leaves cut out before ff. 17, 25, 28, 31, 32 and 33 contained the beginning of each Hour except Sext. f. 27 is an integral supply leaf, the verso blank, at the end of Prime. Lauds followed by the common set (cf. MMBL i.47) of memoriae: Holy Spirit, Trinity, Cross, Michael, John the Baptist, Peter & Paul, Andrew, Lawrence, Stephen, Thomas of Canterbury (defaced; antiphon: Tu per thome sanguinem ...), Nicholas, Mary Magdalene, Katherine, Margaret, All Saints, and peace.

4. ff. 34v-35v Salue regina misericordie uita dulcedo ... ... (35v) Oremus. v. Omnipotens sempiterne deus qui gloriose uirginis et matris ... ...

As Horae Ebor., pp. 62-63. Omission of the first versicle, 'Virgo mater ecclesie ...', supplied in the lower margin of f. 35, by the main (?) hand.

5. ff. 35v-39 Has uideas laudes ... Salue. Salue uirgo uirginum stella matutina ... ... (f. 39) Oratio. Deus qui de beate marie uirginis utero ... ...

RH, no. 7687, followed by Salve regina, written in red, farced in twenty-eight sections with RH, no. 18318, and then a final prayer.

6. ff. 39-40v Oracio de domina nostra. O intemerata ... orbis terrarum. Inclina ... ... (masculine forms).

7. ff. 40v-42v Oratio de domina nostra. Obsecro te ... ... (masculine forms).

8. ff. 42v-45 Quicumque hec septem gaudia in honore beate marie uirginis semel in die dixerit centum dies indulgenciarum obtinebit a domino papa clemente qui hec septem gaudia proprio stilo composuit. Uirgo templum trinitatis ... ... (f. 44v) Deprecor te sanctissima maria mater dei pietate plenissima ... pro me peccatore .N. famulo tuo ...

RH, no. 21899, written as prose, with the last six-line verse of each Joy written in red. The opening rubric is written in ink, and is inconspicuously separated from art. 7.

9. ff. 45-47v Ad ymaginem domini nostri ihesu christi. Omnibus consideratis paradysus uoluptatis ... ... (f. 47v) oratio. Omnipotens sempiterne deus qui vnigenitum filium ... ...

RH, no. 14081, written as prose.

10. ff. 47v-50 Incipit oratio uenerabilis bede ... preparatam. Domine ihesu christe qui septem uerba ... ... (f. 49) Oratio. Precor te pijssime domine ihesu christe propter illam caritatem ... ... (f. 49v) Oratio. Gracias ago tibi domine ihesu christe qui uoluisti pro redemptione mundi ... ...

The "words" are written in red. Opening rubric marked 'ua - cat' in the margin, in the hand of ff. 91 seq. [?], cf. art. 17 below.

11. ff. 50-51v Salutationes ad sacramentum. (a) Aue domine ihesu christe uerbum patris filius uirginis ... ...; (b. f. 50v) Oratio. Aue principium nostre creacionis ... mihi famulo tuo N. ...; (c. f. 51) Ad sanctum sacramentum oratio. Aue uerum corpus natum ex maria uirgine ... ...; (d) Cuilibet dicenti ... dominus papa boni- (f. 51v) facius sextus concessit duo milia annorum indulgenciarum ad supplicationem philippi regis francie. Domine ihesu christe qui hanc sacratissimam carnem ... ...

(a-c) RH, nos 1778, 2059, 2175. f. 51v last line left blank.

Items 12-14 are on quires 10-13.

12. (a) ff. 52-56v Tu es refugium ... ...; (b) ff. 56v-58 Incipiunt quindecim psalmi; (c) ff. 58-62v Kyriel'.

(a) Penitential psalms, beginning imperfectly at Ps. xxxi:7;

(b) Gradual psalms (cxix-cxxxiii), cues only of cxix-cxxx;

(c) Litany, without Anne among virgins; omission of Thomas and Philip among apostles supplied by the hand of ff. 91 seq. [?]; signs of correction to spellings so as to read 'swithune' and 'birine'; 3 lines left blank after the final prayer Pietate tua.

13. ff. 63-79v Office of the dead.

Begins imperfectly in antiphon to Ps. cxxix.

14. (added, filling space) f. 79v psalmus. Uoce mea ... Effundo ... Clamaui ad te domine.

Ps. cxli:1-6.

15. (quires 14-15) ff. 80-90v Incipiunt commendationes animarum.

f. 90v last 10 lines blank.

Items 16-18 are on quires 16-17.

16. ff. 91-93v meas et pedes ... ...

Psalms of the Passion, cf. Horae Ebor. pp. 114-116, beginning imperfectly in Ps. xxi:17, and ending with cue for doxology after Ps. xxx:6. Cues only of Pss. xxii-xxiv and xxix, and, added in margin, of xxvi.

17. ff. 94-105 Beatus uero iheronimus in hoc modo disposuit ... Oratio. Suscipe digneris domine deus omnipotens istos psalmos ... (f. 95) Uerba mea auribus ... ... (f. 105) Oratio. Omnipotens sempiterne deus clementiam tuam .. ..

Psalter of St Jerome. Opening rubric marked 'ua - cat' in the margin, cf. art. 10 above. f. 105 last 6 lines blank.

18. (added in an English hand, s. xv1) f. 105v Gaude flore uirginali honoreque ... ... A ihesu dulcismo.

RH, no. 6809 (Seven Joys of B.V.M.).

Written for the English market, in N. France or the Low Countries, see spellings and saints in art. 1, also art. 18. Borders by the same artist as those in Hague, Rijksmuseum MS Meermanno-Westreenianus 10.F.11, ex inf. Nicholas Rogers; for a similar border on a separate leaf, stamped 'b', see L. Witten, A Mirror of Manuscripts, (1983), p. 41 pl. 21.

Secundo folio (f. 7) paschali.

Memoria of Thomas of Canterbury defaced in art. 3, but 'pape' and feasts of Thomas of Canterbury not interfered with in art. 1.

Scribbles, by one hand, s. xvi: 'Thomas Hyde John Hyde Antony Ingram is', s. xvi, f. 32v head; 'Anthony Inggratham is a veri knave and that I wyll proue before the kynges Iusticis of Westmnster pro sext', f. 48v foot; 'Hyde Richard Williamson', f. 65.

'Liber Bibliothecae Episcopalis Dunelm', s. xvii/xviii, f. 1, in the hand of Thomas Rud. '1663' in pencil, f. 1.



Horae Eboracenses, ed. C. Wordsworth, Surtees Soc. cxxxii (1920).


The Sarum Missal (1916).