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

MS. Canon. Bibl. Lat. 45

Summary Catalogue no.: 18938


Gospel lectionary

Temporale (fol. 1v), beginning with Christmas eve and containing the Purification of the Virgin (fol. 10); sanctorale (fol. 97v), beginning with St. Sylvester; dedication (fol. 115); votive masses for each day of the week (fol. 116) for ordinations (fol. 117) and other intentions; masses for the dead (fol. 118v). In the passions (fol. 35) the parts are indicated by a, c and t.

Language(s): Latin

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment
Extent: ii + 120 + ii fol.
Dimensions (leaf): 215 × 156 mm.
Dimensions (written): 148 × 95 mm.


26 lines


Fine initials. Drawing added, fol. 57v, 12th century, middle. (P&A i. 37, pl. IV)

All capitals and titles in gold; gold initials on a blue ground; spaces for miniatures left blank, except for a drawing on Holy Saturday (fol. 57v).


Origin: 11th century, second half; added decoration 12th century, middle. ; Austria, Salzburg

Provenance and Acquisition

Matteo Luigi Canonici, 1727-1805

Giuseppe Canonici , -1807

Purchased by the Bodleian in 1817

Record Sources

Adapted (2018) from S. J. P. Van Dijk, Handlist of the Latin Liturgical Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library Oxford : Vol. 1: Mass Books (typescript, 1957); Pächt and Alexander (see Bibliography); and the Quarto Catalogue (H. O. Coxe, Catalogi codicum manuscriptorum Bibliothecæ Bodleianæ pars tertia codices Græcos et Latinos Canonicianos complectens, Quarto Catalogues III, 1854).


    Otto Pächt and J. J. G. Alexander, Illuminated Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library Oxford, I (1966), no. 37

Last Substantive Revision

2018-10-14: Mitch Fraas/Mapping Manuscript Migrations Provenance and acquisition information added using https://github.com/littlegustv/oxfordupdates/blob/master/test_case_for_oxford_prov.rb in collaboration with the Mapping Manuscript Migrations project.'