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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
Musical Notation:

Music (see van Dijk 1957).


Historiated border.

Historiated initial.

Good penwork initials. St. Catherine of Siena added in the calendar. (Pächt and Alexander 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)


    Printed descriptions:

    S. J. P. van Dijk, Latin Liturgical Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library, Oxford, vol. 2: Office Books (typescript, 1957), p. 128

Last Substantive Revision

2020-08-20: Binding description added.