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

MS. Canon. Liturg. 118

Summary Catalogue no.: 19263


Book of Hours, Use of Rome
Language(s): Latin

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment


Good miniatures, partly damaged.

Good borders.

Good initials. (Pächt and Alexander i. 305, pl. XXIV)


15th century, origin unclear: wood boards, flush with textblock; red velvet, very worn on outside and spine almost lost, but with well-preserved turn-ins including a border of plain canvas with a green stripe; no surviving decoration; traces of two strap-and-pin fastenings with straps of red textile (lost) running from front fore-edge to lost pins near centre of back cover. The edges of both textblock and boards are gilt (very worn), evidently gilded after binding. 145–148 × 100–101 × c. 30–36 mm. (book closed).


Origin: 15th century, beginning ; Flemish, Ghent (?)

Record Sources

Summary description abbreviated from the Summary Catalogue (1897). Decoration, localization and date follow Pächt and Alexander (1966). Binding: 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).

Digital Images

Digital Bodleian (20 images from 35mm slides)

Last Substantive Revision

2020-07-24: Binding description added.