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Book of Hours (Use of Paris), 15th century

Identifier: MS 36


A Book of Hours from the 15th century in Latin and French, of French origin. The Use is Parisian. The Kalendar and Litany are also probably Parisian. Some of the prayers have masculine endings on the adjectives, meaning that it was produced for a man.

Kalendar (in French): starts on f.1

Sequences of the Gospels (in Latin): starts on f.13.

Obsecro te Domina (in Latin): starts on f.19. This has masculine endings.

O intemerata (in Latin): starts on f.24. This has masculine endings.

Hours of the Virgin (Use of Paris) (in Latin): starts on f.27.

Penitential Psalms (in Latin): starts on f.73.

Litany (in Latin): starts on f.85 verso.

Hours of the Cross (in Latin): starts on f.90 verso.

Hours of the Holy Ghost (in Latin): starts on f.94.

Service of the Dead (in Latin): starts on f.97.

Fifteen Joys of Our Lady (Dame Doulce) (in French): starts on f.127 verso.

Seven Requests (Beau Sire Dieu) (in French): starts on f.133.

Memoriae: Saints Michael, Barbara, Sebastian, Nicholas, Anthony, Katherine, Genevieve, Laurence (in Latin): starts on f.135.


Written in a fair Gothic hand.


The ornamentation consists of plain burnished gold and floriated initials, and miniatures with floral borders very roughly executed and a good deal defaced.

List of illuminations:

  1. Fol. 13. Sequences of the Gospels. S. John on Patmos.
  2. Fol. 19. Obsecro te. Virgin crowned, and Child in a mandorla of cherubim standing on crescent.
  3. Fol. 24. O intemerata. Pieta.
  4. Fol. 27. Matins. Annunciation.
  5. Fol. 73. Penitential Psalms. David in penitence, a scarlet cherub with sword above.
  6. Fol. 90 verso. Hours of the Cross. Crucifixion.
  7. Fol. 94. Hours of the Holy Ghost. Pentecost.
  8. Fol. 97. Service of the Dead. Burial scene in which a gravedigger, standing in the grave, is lowering the shrouded body into it. At the head of the grave a priest in full surplice and blue cope with red and gold orphrey is reading the service from a book. On his L. a clerk in amice and alb holds a gold processional cross. Behind the priest are mourners in black cloaks and hoods. In the background is a porch of a church in flamboyant style of architecture.


  • Creation: 15th century

Language of Materials

Latin and French

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open to all. The manuscripts can be consulted in the Centre for Research Collections, Edinburgh University Main Library.


1 bound MS volume

Custodial History

The only mark of ownership is a name scribbled on the last fly-leaf, Joannes Paulus Boisgaultier.

Previous reference

D. b. IV. 2.


A colour positive microfilm of this MS is at Mic.M.1753.

Physical Facet

Material: Vellum

Binding: Modern

Collation: a12, b6, c8 - g8, h10, i4, k8 - r8, s4 = 140.


15.08 cm x 10.8 cm


Secundo folio: illuminat omnem

Foliation and number of lines to a page: ff. 140, 15 lines to a page.

Repository Details

Part of the University of Edinburgh Library Heritage Collections Repository

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