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

MS. Canon. Liturg. 169

Summary Catalogue no.: 19299


Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment


Fine historiated borders.

Fine initials. (P&A ii. 579, pl. LV)


15th century, end, Italian (as MS.): wood boards, inside bevel; brown leather, blind-tooled with quadruple lines and strapwork, cross-hatching on spine; traces of two strap-and-pin clasps, with lost straps of red textile nailed at front fore-edge with prominent star-shaped nails and running to lost pins near centre of back cover; edges gilt, gauffered. Rebacked, preserving original spine, 1964, Bodleian. 170–172 × 113–116 × c. 90–95 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).

Digital Images

Digital Bodleian (1 image from 35mm slides)

Last Substantive Revision

2020-07-24: Binding description added.