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

MS. Canon. Liturg. 137

Summary Catalogue no.: 19274


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

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment


Historiated border.

Initials (partly defaced). (Pächt and Alexander ii. 868)


18th century, Italian, probably bound for a member of the Nani family of San Trovaso, Venice (benefactors to the Biblioteca Marciana in 1797), whose bookplate is on the front paste-down: pasteboards; shiny brown leather, speckled with black dots; no decoration on covers; spine fully gilt, no original title, later paper label(s); edges gilt, only partially gauffered (after severe trimming of text-block); paste-downs of marbled paper. 104–106 × 77–78 × c. 46 mm. (book closed). The manuscript had been damaged at both ends before this binding.


Origin: 15th century, third quarter ; Italian, North

Record Sources

Summary description abbreviated from the Summary Catalogue (1897). Decoration, localization and date follow Pächt and Alexander (1970). 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).


    Printed descriptions:

    S. J. P. van Dijk, Latin Liturgical Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library, Oxford, vol. 4: Books of Hours (typescript, 1957), p. 253

Last Substantive Revision

2020-07-24: Binding description added.