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

MS. Canon. Liturg. 216

Summary Catalogue no.: 19328


Hymnal, Tones (Franciscan)
Language(s): Latin

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment, paper
Musical Notation:

Notation on staves (see van Dijk 1957).


Diagram. (Pächt and Alexander ii. 1002)


16th century, early, Italian (as MS., ? from the Franciscans of Mantua), a cheap working binding: thick pasteboards; brown leather, blind-tooled with triple lines and simple stamps including dots and small stars, to form a central area of two panels with a large star shape in each; spine with blind triple lines, dots and stars; traces of four pairs of lost ties, probably of plain tawed leather, and of a further wrap-around strap of thick tawed leather laced in around centre, ends lost; edges plain. 153–157 × 104–105 × c. 35–36 mm. (book closed).


Origin: 16th century, beginning ; Italian

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 (2 images from 35mm slides)


    Printed descriptions:

    S. J. P. van Dijk, Latin Liturgical Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library, Oxford, vol. 2: Office Books (typescript, 1957), p. 146b

Last Substantive Revision

2020-08-20: Binding description added.