Elliott MS 3Fragment of breviary
Held by: Durham University Library: Elliott Manuscripts

Single leaf from an English breviary, written about 1400, possibly in East Anglia.

Physical description of manuscript


Extent: 1 leaf, top edge heavily cropped.
Size: 120 mm x 86 mm

No pricking visible. Ruled in very fine ink. Written space 83 x 52 mm. 2 cols. 34 lines.


Written in a small textura, proficiently


Initials: (i) to major rubrics, 1 line, blue with red flourishing, or gold with black flourishing; (ii) to lections and collect, 2-line, blue, pink or orange patterned with white, on gold grounds, extended the height of the written space as a single black line and a bar of gold, with tendrils in black in the side margin with gold prickle-leaves, and terminating in the upper and lower margins with tendrils in black with gold prickle-leaves and small lobed flowers in pink and blue patterned with white and with a gold centre.

Manuscript history

Written in England (East Anglia?), about 1400.


Modern inscriptions: “£55 + VAT”, “East Anglian Breviary c. 1400” and bookseller's markings, in pencil, on mount.

Deposited with Durham University Library in 1984 by Dr. George Ball Elliott (1918-1994).

Manuscript contents
Incipit: [Illo quoque ... Bri]cius adiuro te
Explicit: se humilitate superabat. Lcco .ij.
Language: Latin

Sanctoral, Brice [13 Nov.] Lauds antiphon iii to end, and Machut [14 Nov.] to lection ii rubric.