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MS. Canon. Bibl. Lat. 61

Summary Catalogue no.: 18954


Gospel Lectionary

Benedictine Use.

Combined temporale and sanctorale, the latter only of a few saints; common of the saints (fol. 181v ?) and the dedication (fol. 195); additions (fols. 196, 106v-8, 1–2).

Fol.122v: Memento etiam necnon et famuli tui prioris nostri .....; Respice … ad devotionem famule tue abatisse nostri U. totiusque congregationis sancte Marie sibi commisse ….

Language(s): Latin

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment
Extent: i + 1 + 196 (198) + 1 + i fol.
Dimensions (leaf): 285 × 190 mm.
Dimensions (written): 200 × 100 mm.


19 lines

Musical Notation:

The Exultet with Beneventan notation on 1 dry-point line.

In the passion of St. Matthew (fol. 71) the parts are indicated by e, i and x; in the others (fols. 84v, 94, 119) the c, s and + are added.


Important historiated and other initials. Miniature (drawing), fol. 106r and historiated initial, fol. 138v, added, 13th century (?). Textual additions of 14th century. (Pächt and Alexander ii. 18, pl. II)

Capitals coloured with brush strokes, many large initials; a full-page initial at the opening of the Exultet (fol. 115v).

A later drawing of the Last Supper is on fol. 106.


Origin: 11th century, end (1081–1086?) ; Dalmatia, Zadar (Zara)

Provenance and Acquisition

Written in the scriptorium of St Chrysogonus, Zadar, for the Benedictine nunnery of St Mary, Zadar, under abbess Uekanega.

Matteo Luigi Canonici, 1727–1805

Giuseppe Canonici, -1807

Purchased by the Bodleian in 1817.

Record Sources

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); 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).


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Last Substantive Revision

2017-07-01: First online publication.