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MS. Canon. Liturg. 178

Summary Catalogue no.: 19304


Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment


Some fine, many good miniatures.

Borders, many with cordelières.

Initials. Related to the style of the MSS. made for Louis XII in the region of Rouen. (Pächt and Alexander i. 827, pl. LX). By the Master of Morgan 85.


18th century, Italian, a standard style of binding for Jacopo Soranzo: thin pasteboards; plain parchment cover with fore-edges turned in; gilt red-leather spine-label; paste-downs and flyleaves of carta bassanese; gilt edges and faint gauffering from previous binding. 193–6 × c. 120–122 × c. 35 mm. (book closed).

18th century, Italian: an ill-fitting telescopic box of thin card, covered with brown leather stippled in black; blind-tooled with corner-stamps and double lines forming a lozenge pattern on each side; lining of (different) carta bassanese, with large floral pattern on a stippled yellow background. 201–202 × 130 × 36–37 mm. with MS. inside, closing not quite fully – box made for another Hours?


Origin: c. 1515 ; French, Anjou

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 (29 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. 27

Last Substantive Revision

2020-08-20: Binding description added.