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13th-century prayer book from France, probably according to the Use of Paris

Identifier: Adv.MS.18.7.22

Scope and Contents

The contents of the manuscript are as follows:

(i) Noted masses from the Nativity to Holy Innocents (folio 1). Leaves following the epistle for Holy Innocents are missing.

(ii) Capitula for the Sanctorale and Common of Saints (folio 11). Leaves are missing at the beginning: the surviving text starts with the feast of Saints Peter and Paul.

(iii) Collects for the Temporale, Sanctorale and Common of Saints (folio 16). There are lacunae between the Octave of Easter and St Nichomedes (folios 30-31) and following Lauds for a virgin (folio 45). The feasts include the translation of St Marcellus, bishop of Paris, Sabina, Denys (with vigil and octave), and the translation of St Geneviève.

There are two large penwork initials (folios 1, 16), and smaller penwork initials in red and blue occur throughout.

Numerous 16th- and 17th-century notes were made in the margins, including ` Ce present livre apartient a moy leglise de chisseau` (folio 20 verso), probably Chisseaux on the river Cher, east of Tours. There are several inscriptions concerning André Poulevoy, tailor, and Clément Audebert, merchant, both of Chisseaux; others mention the purchase of a censer by René Brochart in 1580 (folio 21 verso), Pierre Aubéry, probably of Francueil (folio 31 verso), and the marriage of Katherine Douberon at Chisseaux (folio 32 verso).


  • Creation: Late 13th century.


1 Volumes (ii (paper) + 45 folios.)

Language of Materials



Probable collation: 1¹⁰ (-1 replaced by single leaf), 2-3¹⁰, 4¹², 5² (+1 before 1). There is an unidentified stub between folios 30 and 31. Remains of catchwords parallel to the text on folios 30 verso and 42 verso. A late medieval foliation on the versos indicates that a previous order of folios was 10 leaves (now missing), folios 11-30, 10 leaves (missing), folios 31-45, 3 leaves (missing), folios 1-10. Parts of two other sequences of foliation survive on the rectos of folios 11-18. 21 lines.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

Vellum. Binding of brown sheepskin, 18th century.

Custodial History

The manuscript was bought by the Advocates’ Library in 1813.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Presented, 1925, by the Faculty of Advocates to the nation on the foundation of the National Library of Scotland.

Physical Description

0.00 linear metresii (paper) + 45 folios.120.00 x 178.00 millimetres


120.00 x 178.00 millimetres

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Repository Details

Part of the National Library of Scotland Archives and Manuscripts Division Repository

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