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

MS. Canon. Bibl. Lat. 28

Summary Catalogue no.: 18920


Gospel Lectionary

Use of Rome. Temporale (fol. 1); sanctorale (fol. 70); common of the saints and the dedication (fol. 79); votive masses (fol. 88v).

Companion volume to MS. Canon. Bibl. Lat. 27

Language(s): Latin

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment
Extent: 1 + 90 + 1 fol.
Dimensions (leaf): 330 × 235 mm.


2 col. of 26 lines, column space 255 × 60 mm.


Fine borders, historiated initials. Written by Johannes Incontrus of Volterra, chaplain of S. Pietro Maggiore, Florence, fol. 90. (Pächt and Alexander ii. 310, pl. XXVIII)

Illuminated initials (one 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; lower paste-down patched with a medieval manuscript fragment; 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. 345–346 × 236–237 × c. 41–44 mm. (book closed). Uniformly bound and enhanced with MS. Canon. Bibl. Lat. 27.


Origin: 1478 ; Italian, Florence

Provenance and Acquisition

Fol.90: 'Ego iohannes incontrus Volaterranus Capellanus sancti petri maioris de florentia transcripsi hoc opus propriis manibus ac laborem meum dono dedi ob salutem anime mee redemptionem \que/ peccatorum meorum die vero .xvª. agusti. Mcccclxxviijº'

Matteo Luigi Canonici, 1727–1805

Giuseppe Canonici, -1807

Purchased by the Bodleian in 1817.

Record Sources

Adapted (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. 144 [origin, date, physical description, colophon]
Otto Pächt and J. J. G. Alexander, Illuminated Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library, Oxford, II (1970), no. 310 [decoration[
S. J. P. Van Dijk, Handlist of the Latin Liturgical Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library Oxford : Vol. 1: Mass Books (typescript, 1957), p. 78 [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.