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MS. Canon. Liturg. 21

Summary Catalogue no.: 19234


Book of Hours, Use of Rome
Language(s): Latin

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment


Good borders.

Good historiated initials.

Good other initials.

Penwork borders. (Pächt and Alexander ii. 622)


15th century, Italian (as MS.): wood boards; hard red polished leather, cuir ciselé, each cover incised with a different section of the same bold repeating pattern, of flowers and leaves set in a large vase (back cover); traces of a central clasp and of 4+1 bosses on each cover, all metal-work lost; edges gilt, gauffered (worn). Rebacked, 18th century, Italian, with paste-downs and flyleaves of carta bassanese, for Jacopo Soranzo, with his spine-label. 110–112 × 77–78 × c. 46 mm. (book closed). Cf. MSS. Canon. Liturg. 33 and 219.


Origin: c. 1470–1480 ; Italian, Padua

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).


    Printed descriptions:

    Tammaro de Marinis, La legatura artistica in Italia nei secoli XV e XVI, 3 vols., Florence 1960, II no. 1474 D (under Venice) and ? no. 1433 ter (under Ferrara, as ‘Canonici liturg. 4’).
    S. J. P. van Dijk, Latin Liturgical Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library, Oxford, vol. 4: Books of Hours (typescript, 1957), p. 230

Last Substantive Revision

2020-07-24: Binding description added.