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

MS. Canon. Liturg. 159

Summary Catalogue no.: 19290


Prayers, hymns, and meditations
Language(s): Italian and Latin

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment


Good initial. (Pächt and Alexander ii. 772)


17th century or 18th century?, Italian: thin pasteboard, folded continously around spine as a casing; covering of orange-red velvet, formed from pieces sewn crudely together, possibly cannibalized from a piece of clothing; spine very worn, exposing an edging of green fabric along one of the sewn junctions; undecorated; no clasps; edges plain. 168–169 × 122–124 × c. 12–15 mm. (book closed). The manuscript was probably from a religious house, since it was inspected and approved in 1596 by a ‘father visitor’ of the S. Giustina Congregation, ? at Venice.


Origin: 15th century, beginning ; 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).

Last Substantive Revision

2020-07-24: Binding description added.