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

MS. Canon. Liturg. 206

Summary Catalogue no.: 19318


Breviary, Use of Rome
Language(s): Latin

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment


Fine historiated borders.

Fine initials.

By at least two hands. (Pächt and Alexander ii. 840, pl. LXXVI)


15th century, Italian (as MS.): wood boards, narrow inside bevel outlined in blind lines; shiny brown leather, blind-tooled with lines, stamps and strapwork decoration, spine lost; traces of two strap-and-pin fastenings, with straps of red textile running from fore-edge of front board to large metal pins with quatrefoil-shaped bases more than halfway across back cover, all lost; edges gilt, gauffered with overall diamond pattern. Rebacked in matching leather for Bodleian, later 19th century, during temporary classification amongst ’MSS. Miscell. Liturg.’ (c. 1877–1887?). 143 × c. 100 × c. 62 mm. (book closed).


Origin: 1463 ; Italian, North-east

Record Sources

Summary description abbreviated from the Summary Catalogue (1897). Decoration, localization and date follow Pächt and Alexander (1970). 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 (9 images from 35mm slides)


    Printed descriptions:

    A. Watson, Catalogue of Dated and Datable Manuscripts in Oxford Libraries (1984), no. 262
    Tammaro de Marinis, La legatura artistica in Italia nei secoli XV e XVI, 3 vols., Florence 1960, III no. 3065 (under Venice).
    S. J. P. van Dijk, Latin Liturgical Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library, Oxford, vol. 2: Office Books (typescript, 1957), p. 307

Last Substantive Revision

2020-08-20: Binding description added.