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. (P&A 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)


    Tammaro de Marinis, La legatura artistica in Italia nei secoli XV e XVI, 3 vols., Florence 1960, III no. 3065 (under Venice).

Last Substantive Revision

2020-08-20: Binding description added.