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

MS. Canon. Liturg. 212

Summary Catalogue no.: 19324

Contents

Breviary (Dominican)
Language(s): Latin

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment

Decoration

Good initials on fols. 11–179. Fols. 1–10, calendar, added 16th century. (P&A ii. 540)

Binding

16th century, first half, Italian, Venice (incorporating 16th-century additions for the Dominican nuns of Corpus Domini, Venice): wood boards, narrow inside bevel; reddish-brown leather, with blind lines and gilt tooling, stamps including a winged cherub’s head and stars, to form on each cover an elaborate panel and circular frame for the ‘yh’s’ centrepiece; spine tooled with horizontal and diagonal lines in blind and gilt; traces of two clasps with leather straps, roughly torn away (since 1897?); edges gilt, gauffered . 135–136 × 96–97 × c. 43–45 mm. (book closed).

History

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

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).

Bibliography

    Tammaro de Marinis, La legatura artistica in Italia nei secoli XV e XVI, 3 vols., Florence 1960, II no. 2039 quat. (under Venice).

Last Substantive Revision

2020-08-20: Binding description added.