Missal (incomplete)

Scope and Content

Part of a missal of Paris use (?), made in France and containing prefaces and Canon of the Mass. Includes prefaces for Christmas, Epiphany (ending imperfectly), Passion Sunday (beginning imperfectly), Easter (ending imperfectly), Ascension (beginning imperfectly), Pentecost, Trinity, and the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Folio 11 has two historiated initials, each on a diapered ground showing a priest, attended by an acolyte, at the offertory and at the elevation, and folio 12v has an historiated initial in similar style; its two figures are said to symbolise the Church and the Synagogue.

Administrative / Biographical History

The missal is a book which contains the prayers said by the priest at the altar as well as all that is officially read or sung in connection with the offering of the holy Sacrifice of the Mass throughout the ecclesiastical year.


Single item.

Access Information

Access to this collection is unrestricted for the purpose of private study and personal research within the supervised environment and restrictions of the Library's Palaeography Room. Uncatalogued material may not be seen. Please contact the University Archivist for details.

Acquisition Information

The original vellum covers contain an armorial stamp. The manuscript was sold by A. Gerson at Hodgson's on 9 July 1953, and was bought by the University of London Library from Mr.T.S.Blakeney in 1961. For further details about the fragment and its earlier provenance see Mr.Blakeney's own notes within the manuscript.

Other Finding Aids

See N.R.Ker, Medieval manuscripts in British Libraries: I, London (1969).

Physical Characteristics and/or Technical Requirements

8½" x 6¼". Written on vellum with rubrics in red, and gold initials with dark blue penwork decoration and blue with red. There are also historiated initials, enclosed in a decorated border of colours and gold somewhat cropped. There are traces of medieval foliation on the versos.The 20th century binding is by Sangorski and Sutcliffe of London: older parchment covers are bound in.

Archivist's Note

Compiled by Sarah Aitchison as part of the RSLP AIM25 Project.

Conditions Governing Use

Copies may be made, subject to the condition of the original. Copying must be undertaken by the Palaeography Room staff, who will need a minimum of 24 hours to process requests.

Geographical Names