A catalogue of Western manuscripts at the Bodleian Libraries and selected Oxford colleges

MS. Canon. Bibl. Lat. 27

Summary Catalogue no.: 18919



Companion volume to MS. Canon. Bibl. Lat. 28.

Use of Rome. Temporale (fol. 1); sanctorale (fol. 72); common of the saints and the dedication (fol. 84v); epistles for the dead and votive masses (fol. 96).

Colophon: (fol. 98v) Ego Johannes Incontrus uolaterranus Capellanus sancti petri maioris de florentia transcripsi hoc opus propris[sic] manibus. die uero. .12. Marzi. .1477.
Language(s): Latin

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment
Extent: i + 100 + i fols.
Dimensions (leaf): 325 × 230 mm.


2 col. of 26 lines, column space 205 × 60 mm.


Pächt and Alexander ii. 309 ('related to the style of Attavante'):

Fine historiated initials.

Fine other initials.

Illuminated initials (some historiated), coloured initials, rubrics.


15th century (as MS.) ?, or (acc. Pächt and Alexander) 16th century, Italian: wood boards, reddish-brown leather with blind stamps in roll-like pattern; gilt edges, faintly gauffered; traces of two strap-and-pin clasps and (metal?) centrepieces with ?papal crossed keys, all lost; spine with original blind stamps, later enhanced (18th century, Italian) with gilt lines and a gilt green-leather label. 338 × 234 × c. 43–45 mm. (book closed). Uniformly bound and enhanced with MS. Canon. Bibl. Lat. 28.


Origin: 1477 ; Italian, Florence

Provenance and Acquisition

Matteo Luigi Canonici, 1727–1805

Giuseppe Canonici , -1807

Purchased by the Bodleian in 1817

Record Sources

Adapted (2018, rev. April 2020) from the following sources:
B. C. Barker-Benfield, Bookbindings of Canonici manuscripts : a survey of early and non-standard bindings, mostly Italian, in the Canonici collection of the Bodleian Library, University of Oxford (Oxford, privately printed, 2020) [binding]
A. G. Watson, Catalogue of Dated and Datable Manuscripts c.435–1600 in Oxford Libraries (Oxford, 1984), no. 143 [origin, date, physical description, colophon]
Otto Pächt and J. J. G. Alexander, Illuminated Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library, Oxford, II (1970), no. 309 [decoration[
S. J. P. Van Dijk, Handlist of the Latin Liturgical Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library Oxford : Vol. 1: Mass Books (typescript, 1957), p. 85 [contents]
Previously described in the Quarto Catalogue (H. O. Coxe, Catalogi codicum manuscriptorum Bibliothecæ Bodleianæ pars tertia codices Græcos et Latinos Canonicianos complectens, Quarto Catalogues III, 1854).

Last Substantive Revision

2020-04: Binding description added.