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


Diagram. (P&A 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)

Last Substantive Revision

2020-08-20: Binding description added.