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

MS. Canon. Bibl. Lat. 87

Summary Catalogue no.: 18980


Epistolary (damaged)

Temporale (fol. 1), beginning abruptly in the lessons of Wednesday of Ember week in Advent; sanctorale (fol. 54), beginning with St. Stephen (26 Dec.); common of the saints and the dedication (fol. 66); votive masses (fol. 72), ending abruptly in the second epistle for the dead. The Sunday masses after Pentecost have the opening words of introit, collect and gospel in the margin.

Language(s): Latin

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment
Extent: i + 73 + i fol., leaves missing at the beginning and end, a leaf missing after fol. 3
Dimensions (leaf): 240 × 170 mm.
Dimensions (written): 170–80 × 120 mm.
Foliation: Original foliation of red Roman figures in outer margins of the versos.


24 lines

Musical Notation:

Melodical accents throughout.


15th century?, Italian: wood boards left bare, all corners rounded; quarter-binding originally of brown leather extending nearly halfway across each board and outlined with triple blind lines; remains of two clasps with brown-leather straps (lost). Spine partly replaced, 18th century, Italian, in lighter brown leather, with gilt lines, stamps and red-leather label. 253–258 × 172 × c. 39–40 mm. (book closed).


Origin: 13th century, late (?) ; Italian, north-east (?)

Provenance and Acquisition

Thomas Obizzi (Tomasso Obizzi, -1803 (?)).

Matteo Luigi Canonici, 1727–1805

Giuseppe Canonici, -1807

Purchased by the Bodleian in 1817.

Record Sources

Adapted (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]
S. J. P. Van Dijk, Handlist of the Latin Liturgical Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library Oxford : Vol. 1: Mass Books (typescript, 1957)
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.