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

MS. Canon. Liturg. 168

Summary Catalogue no.: 19298


Breviary (Benedictine)
Language(s): Latin

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment


Fine historiated borders.

Fine initials. By Gherardo and Monte di Giovanni di Miniato (del Fora). (Pächt and Alexander ii. 306, pl. XXVIII)


16th century?, Italian: wood boards, inside bevel; light brown leather, blind-tooled with sextuple lines alternating with rows of one repeated stamp; spine with same blind tools and (later?) gilt title ‘BREVIARIVM’; remains of two strap-and-pin fastenings with darker leather straps, once running from front fore-edge to pins towards centre back, one strap still present in 1897 (since lost) and one pin with small square base still surviving; edges gilt, gauffered. 170–172 × 111–112 × c. 80–85 mm. (book closed). The manuscript had been written by a nun, with professional illuminators.


Origin: 1476 ; Italian, Florence

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).

Digital Images

Digital Bodleian (1 image from 35mm slides)


    Printed descriptions:

    A. Watson, Catalogue of Dated and Datable Manuscripts in Oxford Libraries (1984), no. 261
    S. J. P. van Dijk, Latin Liturgical Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library, Oxford, vol. 2: Office Books (typescript, 1957), p. 272

Last Substantive Revision

2020-07-24: Binding description added.