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

MS. Canon. Liturg. 20

Summary Catalogue no.: 19233


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

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment


Good historiated borders.

Good initials. (Pächt and Alexander ii. 523, pl. L). Attributed to the Maestro dell'Ovidio de Rimini.


18th century, Italian: thin wood boards; grainy black leather, decorated on each cover with blind and gilt lines to form a blank central panel, its corners marked with a small gilt floral tool; spine with gilt lines and a gilt red-leather label; no clasps; marbled endleaves. Not a standard Canonici style, apart from the spine-label and endleaves. 125–127 × 92–93 × c. 47 mm. (book closed).

(Inherited from a previous binding, before 1516, Venice) gilt gauffered edges with dim outlines of two broad straps; former endleaves (fols. iv-v, 223–4) with marks of broad brown-leather(?) turn-ins and an added inscription marking the Golden Number for 1516.


Origin: 15th century, third quarter ; Italian, Venice

Record Sources

Summary description based on Elizabeth Solopova, Latin Liturgical Psalters in the Bodleian Library: A Select Catalogue (Oxford, 2013), pp. 531–8. 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. 99

Last Substantive Revision

2020-07-24: Binding description added.