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MS. Canon. Liturg. 163

Summary Catalogue no.: 19293


Portable Franciscan Missal

Kalendar (fol. 1); temporale (fol. 7) with general rubrics (fol. 73v) and the order of the mass (fol. 74v), being a combination of the Paratus sacerdos and the Indutus planeta; sanctorale (fol. 117v); common of the saints and the dedication (fol. 151v); votive masses (167); blessing of holy water (fol. 179); prose Dies irae (fol. 179v); masses of the Transfiguration, Our Lady’s Conception and Visitation, the Franciscan protomartyrs St. Berardus and companions, St. Bonaventure, all except for the first by 2 different hands; blessing of vestments (fol. 183); pascal prose Surgit Christus cum tropheo, troped Gloria of the Virgin, preface of St. Francis.

Language(s): Latin

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment
Extent: i + 183 (184) + i fol.
Dimensions (leaf): 146 × 108 mm.
Dimensions (written): 97 × 70 mm.


2 col. of 36 lines

Musical Notation:

Some square notation on 9 staves of 3 red lines.


At the beginning of the canon (fol. 82) a coarse miniature; in the lower margin of fol. 86 a drawing of the resurrection.

Coloured initials, rubrics, parts of text in red.


Origin: 1462 ; Italian

Provenance and Acquisition

The date of the manuscript is on fol.179. The patron feast of the church may have been in March; see fol. 2.

'Deo et beate marie gratias semper referamus. Amen. Anno domini mº.ccccº.lxijº. die .xxiijº. mensis octubris', fol. 179; the same scribe continued beyond this point, probably to fol. 181 col. 1 line 1 or fol. 181v, col. 2 line 14.

'Sum Doctoris Joannis Antonij Probi', fol. 1, 16th cent.

'Io Donato Larofalo Di Chieri seruo di Maria', fol. 110, 16th cent.

'giustino Terzani', fol. 182, 16th cent.

Record Sources

Adapted (2018) from S. J. P. Van Dijk, Handlist of the Latin Liturgical Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library Oxford Vol. 1: Mass Books; Watson (see Bibliography); and the Summary Catalogue (1897).


Last Substantive Revision

2017-07-01: First online publication.