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)


    Printed descriptions:

    S. J. P. van Dijk, Latin Liturgical Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library, Oxford, vol. 4: Books of Hours (typescript, 1957), p. 281

Last Substantive Revision

2020-07-24: Binding description added.