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

MS. Canon. Liturg. 188

Summary Catalogue no.: 19306


Book of Hours, Use of Rome
Language(s): Latin

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment


Good borders.

Good initials. Mutilated. (Pächt and Alexander i. 776)


A composite binding, with earlier boards obscured by later covering:

15th century, end, or 16th century (perhaps as MS.): thin wood boards with narrow inside bevel, all corners lightly rounded; sewing on five split cords of tawed leather, with endbands; no evidence of clasps. Manuscript badly mutilated, with many leaves and pieces of illumination cut out.

17th century or 18th century, French or Italian: covering of plain parchment; ink title ‘Offitio’ on spine, 18th century?; no flyleaves; paste-downs of coarse grey paper, perhaps added still later (? Bodleian), though also wormed. 187–188 × c. 129 × c. 28–31 mm. (book closed).


Origin: 15th century, end ; French

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).


    Printed descriptions:

    S. J. P. van Dijk, Latin Liturgical Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library, Oxford, vol. 4: Books of Hours (typescript, 1957), p. 207

Last Substantive Revision

2020-08-20: Binding description added.