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.


Pächt and Alexander ii. 310, pl. XXVIII:

Fine borders.

Fine historiated initials. ()

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.