European Manuscripts Collection

The collection consists of 143 items, including some printed items, a seventeenth century Italian manuscript prayer book, and the centrepiece of the collection, a fifteenth century French Book of Hours.

Most of the items are illuminated manuscript leaves, and come from a range of different types of manuscript, including Books of Hours, missals, breviaries, graduals, psalters and a papal bull from Perugia, dated 1265. The material dates from the twelfth to the seventeenth century; the items are predominately of French origin (about half of the collection), with about a quarter originating from Italy and others from England, Spain, Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands.

The collection has been generously presented to the University of Reading by a private collector with the support of the Art Fund.

The University of Reading Special Collections holds a number of early manuscripts in various collections, including a French illuminated Book of Hours (MS 2087) which dates from the early fifteenth century.   

More information

  • This collection is catalogued and available via Enterprise
  • A full description is available on our online catalogue
  • Manuscript number MS 5650
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