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MS. Canon. Liturg. 151

Summary Catalogue no.: 19285


Psalter (portable secular psalter with antiphons)
Language(s): Latin

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment


Fine historiated borders.

Fine initials. Belongs to the large and important group of Neopolitan MSS. which used to be associated with the name of Cristoforo Orimina. Fine penwork borders, initials. (Pächt and Alexander ii. 169, pl. XVI) Illumination now attributed to the Maestro del Liber celestium revelationum.


18th century, Italian: pasteboards; brown leather, plain except for two vertical blind lines near the spine on each cover; marbled paste-downs, with a pattern of light blue and white blobs; flyleaves watermarked with a crowned fleur-de-lis over letters ‘F F’; red speckled edges; loose bookmark of green silk; spine lost. Rebacked in similar leather, late 19th or 20th century, for Bodleian. 177–178 × 129–130 × c. 66 mm. (book closed).


Origin: 14th century, third quarter ; Italian, Naples (?)

Record Sources

Summary description based on Elizabeth Solopova, Latin Liturgical Psalters in the Bodleian Library: A Select Catalogue (Oxford, 2013), pp. 475–9. 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). Previously described in the Summary Catalogue.


This item is on display in the exhibition "Alphabets Alive!" (Bodleian Libraries, Weston Library, Treasury) from 19 July 2023 to 21 Jan. 2024. It cannot be ordered between those dates or for a short period before and after.

Digital Images

Digital Bodleian (10 images from 35mm slides)


    Printed descriptions:

    S. J. P. van Dijk, Latin Liturgical Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library, Oxford, vol. 2: Office Books (typescript, 1957), p. 116

Last Substantive Revision

2020-07-24: Binding description added.

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