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 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)

Last Substantive Revision

2020-07-24: Binding description added.