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MS. Canon. Liturg. 2

Summary Catalogue no.: 19220


Breviary, Use of Rome

Fragment of the psalter (fols. 1-34); hymnal (fol. 34); general rubrics (fol. 46); lists of feasts (fol. 48v); Rubricae novae (fol. 49); rubrical tables for the ferial antiphons before Christmas (fol. 52v); grace before and after meals (fol. 55); table for the scriptural reading from Pentecost to Advent (fol. 57v: Notandum quod istoria libri regum); temporale (fol. 59), imperfect at the beginning; sanctorale (fol. 215); common of the saints (fol. 330v) and the dedication; offices of Our Lady (fol. 349v) and the dead (fol. 355); another hymnal (fol. 359), incomplete.

On fol. 58v is a vague offprint of the arms, painted in the lower margin of the missing title page; they seem to be the arms of Jerusalem (see the litany, fol. 116v).

Language(s): Latin

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment
Extent: ii + 370 + ii leaves
Dimensions (leaf): 137 × 96 mm.


Imperfect at the beginning and at the end, a leaf missing after fol. 58.


2 col. of 32 lines. Written space 83 × 60 mm.


Initials. (Pächt and Alexander ii. 862)


Origin: 15th century, third quarter ; Italian, Parma or Cremona (?) (evidence of litany)

Provenance and Acquisition

Matteo Luigi Canonici, 1727–1805

Giuseppe Canonici , -1807

Purchased by the Bodleian in 1817

Record Sources

Adapted from van Dijk (1957) (see bibliography); decoration, localization and date follow Pächt and Alexander (1970). Previously described in the Summary Catalogue (1897).

Digital Images

Digital Bodleian (fol. 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. 313

Last Substantive Revision

2024-01: Revised to incorporate information from van Dijk