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MS. Canon. Liturg. 191

Summary Catalogue no.: 19308


Psalter (Dominican) (portable psalter with antiphons)
Language(s): Latin

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment


Historiated border.

Historiated initial.

Good penwork initials. St. Catherine of Siena added in the calendar. (P&A ii. 676)


16th century, Italian, Brescia: wood boards; polished dark brown leather, gilt-tooled all over on each cover with lines and stamps including an acorn, a grapevine roll, and at centre a Virgin and Child on a crescent moon within an oval of rays and between letters ‘.B.’ and ‘.P.’; spine with gilt lines and stamps (re-laid); edges gilt, gauffered (worn), after trimming of contents; two fore-edge clasps with embroidered red/blue fabric straps, and gilt catches and catch-plates embossed with ?classical figures. Gilt spine-label and carta bassanese endleaves added, 18th century, Italy; rebacked, 19th/20th century, Bodleian. 193–195 × 146–149 × c. 38–43 mm. (book closed). MS. made for the Dominican nunnery of St Catherine, Brescia; similar binding at MS. Douce 272, from Brescia.


Origin: 15th century, third quarter (after 1461) ; Italian, Brescia

Record Sources

Summary description based on Elizabeth Solopova, Latin Liturgical Psalters in the Bodleian Library: A Select Catalogue (Oxford, 2013), pp. 585–90. Previously described in the Summary Catalogue. 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)

Last Substantive Revision

2020-08-20: Binding description added.