The James Catalogue of Western Manuscripts

Shelfmark R.17.22
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James Number n/a
Date 16th century (beginning)
Century 16th
Physical Description

A medieval foliation in red I-CXXXCIII on ff.8-145 and CXXXIX-CCX[I] on ff.165-237. Written space 190 x 285 mm, 2 cols 26 lines (long lines on ff.7, 150-64)


Reverend Edmund Dickie Kershaw, M.A., Trinity College

Written in France for a church of B.V.M. Art. 14 suggests female use. Arms in the border of four picture pages, 8, 17v, 22, 86v, and on f. 156 are sable a Latin cross or, a crozier behind. (The arms of the Cistercian nunnery of Ounans, Jura, were sable a Latin cross or, according to J. Meugey, Armorial de l’Église de France, 134).

A strip cut from the foot of ff. 1, 15 'Presented by Dame Maria Newberry to her kinsman Edmund Kershaw, Clerk in Holy Orders, M.A. Trin,: Coll: Cam: June 1865', inside the cover. 'The gift of the Revd Edmund Dickie Kershaw M.A. late of Trinity College', but the actual transference to Trinity was in 1909 after Mrs. Kershaw’s death, 'in accordance with her husband’s desire', as appears from a letter of W. J. Jeaffreson dated 30 Mar. 1909.

Second Folio dictus qui (f. 9)
Donor Kershaw, Edmund Dickie (c1829-1902), Alumnus Of Trinity (Matric 1847)
Size (cm) 34 x 48
Folio ff.238
Binding 18th century, pale-green leather with gilt fillets and cornerpieces [now with a protective outer cover, see also R.17.23]
Material Parchment
Language LatinMusic

18 wants 8, perhaps blank 2-188 19-212 (ff.114-9) 22-236 (ff. 150-61) 244 wants 4, blank, after f. 164 25-288 296 (ff.197-202), 30-338 346 wants 4, 5:6, f.238 is pasted down. Signatures begin with a on f.8 and with aa (?) on f.165


Kershaw died in 1902. This volume, together with R.17.23. came to the Library following Mrs Kershaw's death in 1909

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[All detail taken from Ker, N. R., Medieval Manuscripts in British Libraries, 4 vols. (Oxford, 1969-92), II. pp. 262-4]

1. ff.1-6v Calendar in red and black, not graded

Feasts in red include 'Dedicatio ecclesie beate marie', Benedict, 'Claudii abbatis', 'Translatio sancti Martini', 'Translatio sancti benedicti abbatis (14 Feb, 21 Mar, 6 June, 4, 11 July)

2. f.7rv Sequitur quomodo induitur sacerdos primum ad amictum oracio. Pone domine galeam salutis in capite meo ... in conspectu domini.

Nineteen prayers by the officiating priest before and during mass, the last 'Vertendo ad populum'.

3. ff.8-145v Temporale from Advent to the twenty-fourth Sunday after the octave of Pentecost.

The litany on ff. 84-5 is not subdivided under apostles, martyrs, etc., but in one single list. Thirty-two martyrs and confessors: ... (4-5) babila foca fructuose alexander yppipodi ... Nine virgins: petronilla simphorosa eugenia basilla domitilla dorotea anthonia emilia leonilla. 'correctum est' in pencil at the end of some quires.

4. ff. 146-7 Gloria in excelsis and Credo in unum deum.

Three versions of Gloria, the second having additional phrases referring to B.V.M. and the third the additional phrases 'Saluatio nostra Christe benigne qui hortaris ut precemur' and 'Munda corda accende in te desideria nostra qui regnas'. f.147v blank

5. ff. 150-163v Noted prefaces, including one of St Andrew, and canon of mass.

6. ff. 163v-164 Six settings of Gloria in excelsis. f. 164v blank.

7. ff.165-210v Incipiunt misse sanctorum tocius anni. Et primo de sanctis qui ueniunt in decembri post natuitatem domini. In nat' sancti stephani ...

Thirty-four proper offices ending with Thomas the apostle. Includes Claude (f.187v), Benedict (f.181v), and the translation of Benedict (f.193v): cf art. 1.

8. ff.211-19 Incipit communi sanctorum.

9. ff.219-22 Mass of B.V.M.

10. f. 222rv Missa de cruce.

11. ff.222v-228v In agenda mortuorum.

12. ff.228v-235v Votive masses (collect secret, and postcommunion only) of SS. Martin (two forms) and Benedict (two forms), for peace, of a confessor, of postulandam, Prop temptacione carnis, Pro sacerdite (two forms), Pro abbate uel pro congregacione sibi commissa, Pro salute viuorum (two forms), Pro iter agentibus, Pro pace, In tempore belli, Pro inimicis ecclesie, Pro peticione lacrimarum, De quacumque tribulatione, Ad pluuiam postulandam, Pro infermis, Pro patre et matre, Pro amic deffuncto, Pro hiis qui in cimitterio requie(scant).

13. ff. 235v-236v Mass 'tempore pestis et epidimie'.

14. (added, s. xvi inx). f. 237 Collect, secret, and postcommunion for the soul 'famule tue'. ff.237v, 238rv blank.

Two full-page pictures form a double opening, ff. 148v-149: on the verso the Crucifixion and on the recto God the Father enthroned, backed by the heavenly host, flanked by evangelists and, above, angels playing musical instruments. Seventeen small pictures, mostly c. 140 x 84 mm, nine in art. 3 before Advent, Christmas, Epiphany, Palm Sunday, Easter, Ascension, Pentecost, Trinity, Corpus Christi (procession), seven in art. 7 before Stephen, Purification of B.V.M., Benedict, Annunciation of B.V.M., John Baptist, Assumption of B.V.M., Martin, and one before art. 8.
Initials: (i) f. 158v, historiated T of Te igitur; (ii-iv) 4-line, 3-line, and 2-line, in colours and gold paint on grounds of the same or of gold (gold is used mainly as a background to blue initials) showing much variation and invention: heads often peep from between broken branches. Line fillers red or blue, or of both colours, patterned in gold paints. Capital letters in the ink of the text stroked with pale yellow. Continuous borders on picture pages, sometimes on compartmented grounds. Short borders beside initials of types (ii, iii)


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