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. (Pächt and Alexander 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)


    Printed descriptions:

    S. J. P. van Dijk, Latin Liturgical Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library, Oxford, vol. 2: Office Books (typescript, 1957), p. 312

Last Substantive Revision

2020-07-24: Binding description added.