RepositoryLambeth Palace Library
Alt Ref NoSion L40.2/L7
Extenti, 92, ii ff.
Date15th century
DescriptionA book of hours, written in France, for use in north-eastern France.

ff. 1r-12v. Calendar in French, in red and black inks. Includes 'Saint eloy euesque' (25 June) and 'Saint nicaise' (14 Dec.) in red. Spellings: betremieu, laurens, mahieu, mikiel.

ff. 13r-15v. Hours of the Cross.

ff. 16r-18r. Hours of the Holy Spirit.

ff. 18r-19v. 'Orison. O intemerata ... orbis terrarum. Inclina ...'

ff. 19v-20v. 'Aultre orison. Sancta maria mater domini nostri ihesu xpristi: in manus tuas ...'

ff. 21r-54v. Hours of the Blessed Virgin Mary. By Madan's tests, 'Bodleian Quarterly Record', iii (1920), 40-44, the use is Térouanne or Amiens, but the antiphon to Nunc dimittis at Compline is not one of those he records, but Ecce completa sunt.

f. 54r-v. (added) 'Sensient Prose de nostre dame. Aue regina celorum ...'

ff. 55r-67v. Penitential psalms and litany.

ff. 68r-82v. Office of the dead, with three lections.

ff. 83r-87v. 'Douche dame de misericorde ....'. The Fifteen Joys of the Blessed Virgin Mary, in French. See J. Sonet, 'Répertoire d'incipit de prières en ancien français', Société de publications romanes et françaises, liv (Geneva, 1956) no. 458.

ff. 87v-90r. 'Dous diex dous peres ...'. The Seven Requests in French. J. Sonet, no. 504.

ff. 91-92. Blank.

Five 14-line pictures:
f. 13r, Crucifixion.
f. 21r. Annunciation.
f. 55r. Christ as judge, showing his wounds.
f. 68r. Performance of the office for the dead.
f. 83r. The Blessed Virgin Mary and Child.
LanguageLatin and French
FindingAidsDescription based on N.R. Ker, 'Medieval Manuscripts in British Libraries', vol. 1: London (Oxford, 1969) p. 269.
PhysicalDescriptionLeather binding, 209 x 130 mm., 18th century.
Parchment leaves (ff. 1-92), 200 x 138 mm. Written space 128 x 81 mm. 19 long lines. Hand changes at f. 21.
Collation: 1-2(6); 3-7(8); 8(2) (ff. 53-54); 9(8); 10-11(10) (ff. 63-82); 12(4); 13 six (ff. 87-92).
Initials: (i) blue on decorated gold grounds; (ii-iv) 4-line or 3-line, 2-line, and 1-line, gold on coloured grounds patterned in white. Continuous borders on the six pages with initials of type (i) and borders on three sides of the eight pages with initials of type (ii), seven in ff. 21-54 and f. 87v. Capital letters in the ink of the text filled with yellow up to f. 20 and lined with red from f. 21.
CustodialHistoryInscription on front flyleaf: 'Bibliothecae Coll: Sion: d.d. Fredericus Poynder 3 non: Dec. MDCCCLV'. Recorded in the Sion College Book of Benefactors as given in 1855 by 'Poynder, Fred. Assistant 1853' (Sion L40.2/E64, p. 399, where mis-described as 'Missale Romanum MS'). Frederick Poynder (c.1816-1899) was Chaplain to Bridewell Hospital. He was second master at Charterhouse School 1858-72.
Transferred from Sion College to Lambeth Palace Library, 1996.
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