Text of the office of the dead, including the vigil of the dead (vigilie mortuorum), penitential psalms, litany, the seven Oes of St Gregory, the prayer of St Ambrose before the celebration of mass, a communion prayer and, in a sixteenth century hand, a supplement of prayers to the Virgin. Illuminated capitals, some three-quarter framed borders, small drawings of birds, animals, flowers, insects or objects at bottom of most pages.
Text of the office for the dead with other devotional works, c.1510
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Administrative / Biographical History
The small size of this volume suggests it was probably used for private devotions rather than for church services. It was written in N E France or French Flanders. It would have been used to prepare for the possibility of death by reciting the office of the dead and associated psalms and prayers to the intercessor Mary. It might also have been read on the anniversary of a death, or before a burial.
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Presented to the library by Rev George Walker, 1919.
Call number used to be ms937
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Physical Characteristics and/or Technical Requirements
Binding: of eighteenth century, sprinkled calf with embossed decoration on the spine. 'Henry Marchant' on spine label.Vellum and parchment, 8.5x12.0cm. Illuminated.
Description compiled by Maia Sheridan, Archives Hub project archivist, based on material from the Manuscripts Database
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Eighteenth century spine label of 'Henry Marchant' with book stamp of A Brown of Aberdeen inside back cover.
Fully described in N R Ker and A J Piper Medieval Manuscripts in British Libraries, Oxford, 1992, Vol.IV (Paisley to York) p.243.