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

MS. Canon. Liturg. 175

Summary Catalogue no.: 19303


Book of Hours, Use of Tournai
Language(s): Latin and Middle French

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment


Good miniaturers.

Good borders.

Good initials. By two hands, that on fols. 64v and 78v of an earlier generation. (Pächt and Alexander i. 334, pl. XXVI)


A composite binding, in which a modern structure with new boards preserves earlier elements:

15th century, late, or early 16th century, Flemish: brown cover-leather only (no spine), with a blind panel containing two rows of four ‘animals-in-foliage’ (eagle, stag, wyvern, lion, a common design) stamped twice on each cover; a parchment flyleaf at front (fol. iii) with holes and marks at fore-edge for two lost clasps; gilt edges, with indistinct traces of gauffering.

19th century, second half, before 1897, Bodleian: pasteboards covered with brown leather, underlying the old leather. 195 × c. 129 × c. 40 mm. (book closed). ‘Not certainly a Canonici volume’, according to Summary Catalogue.

For animals-in-foliage panels (no exact match), see J. Basil Oldham, Blind panels of English binders, Cambridge 1958, pp. 15–18; Staffan Fogelmark, Flemish and related panel-stamped bindings: evidence and principles, New York 1990, pp. 33–4.


Origin: 15th century, third quarter ; Flemish

Record Sources

Summary description abbreviated from the Summary Catalogue (1897). Decoration, localization and date follow Pächt and Alexander (1966). 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 (11 images from 35mm slides)


    Printed descriptions:

    S. J. P. van Dijk, Latin Liturgical Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library, Oxford, vol. 4: Books of Hours (typescript, 1957), p. 118

Last Substantive Revision

2020-07-24: Binding description added.