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

MS. Canon. Liturg. 212

Summary Catalogue no.: 19324


Breviary (Dominican)
Language(s): Latin

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment


Good initials on fols. 11–179. Fols. 1–10, calendar, added 16th century. (Pächt and Alexander ii. 540)


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).


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).


    Printed descriptions:

    Tammaro de Marinis, La legatura artistica in Italia nei secoli XV e XVI, 3 vols., Florence 1960, II no. 2039 quat. (under Venice).
    S. J. P. van Dijk, Latin Liturgical Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library, Oxford, vol. 2: Office Books (typescript, 1957), p. 328

Last Substantive Revision

2020-08-20: Binding description added.