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

MS. Canon. Liturg. 162

Summary Catalogue no.: 19292


Breviary (Carthusian)
Language(s): Latin

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment


Fine borders.

Fine initials. (Pächt and Alexander ii. 591, pl. LVI)


15th century, end, Italian (as MS., Venice?): wood boards, inside bevel; polished dark brown leather (now lightened with rubbing), tooled with blind lines, blind and gilt strapwork, small gilt leaf-tools, and blind cross-hatching on spine; remains of four clasps with brown leather straps (lost, with parchment cores) and embossed catch-plates surviving on back cover, two with a double-headed eagle design; edges gilt, gauffered (worn). 175 × 125–9 × c. 80–83 mm. (book closed).


Origin: 15th century, end ; Italian, Venice (?)

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:

    Tammaro de Marinis, La legatura artistica in Italia nei secoli XV e XVI, 3 vols., Florence 1960, III no. 3043 (under Florence)
    S. J. P. van Dijk, Latin Liturgical Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library, Oxford, vol. 2: Office Books (typescript, 1957), p. 262

Last Substantive Revision

2020-07-24: Binding description added.