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

MS. Canon. Liturg. 158

Summary Catalogue no.: 19289


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

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment


Fine border.

Fine historiated initial.

Good borders.

Good initials. (Pächt and Alexander ii. 870, pl. LXXVII)


18th century, middle (by 1751), Italian: pasteboards; polished, hard, near-black leather, heavily grained (like shagreen?), plain except for blind triple lines around edges of covers; two fine fore-edge clasps, comprising straps of the same leather with scallop-shaped tips and loops of dark metal which fit onto pins at edges of lower cover; paste-downs of marbled paper; flyleaves of thick white laid paper, with an ex dono inscription dated 1762 (fol. iiir) and the date ‘1751’ at end (fol. 161v, cf. 160v). 160–161 × 116–117 × c. 35–36 mm. (book closed). Identical clasps are at MS. Canon. Liturg. 291, but with different binding style.


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

Record Sources

Summary description based on Elizabeth Solopova, Latin Liturgical Psalters in the Bodleian Library: A Select Catalogue (Oxford, 2013), pp. 545–8. 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.


    Printed descriptions:

    S. J. P. van Dijk, Latin Liturgical Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library, Oxford, vol. 2: Office Books (typescript, 1957), p. 118

Last Substantive Revision

2020-07-24: Binding description added.