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. (P&A 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)

Last Substantive Revision

2020-07-24: Binding description added.