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

MS. Canon. Liturg. 224

Summary Catalogue no.: 19336


Diurnal (Benedictine)
Language(s): Latin

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment


Good borders.

Good historiated initials. (Pächt and Alexander ii. 312)


16th century, Italian, a rebinding perhaps for the Benedictine abbey of San Sisto, Piacenza (see fol. 350r): wood boards, rounded corners; polished dark brown leather, tooled with blind lines and (worn) gilt stamps to form a circular centrepiece within a panel; cross-hatching on spine; two fore-edge clasps, the upper retaining its brown leather strap and metal tip; paste-downs (now lifted) made from two small fragments of one leaf from a manuscript of Widukind, Res gestae saxonicae (Bk I, cap. 8) in Caroline minuscule, late 10th or 11th century, hooked around a quire of added paper flyleaves at each end; edges stained red. A miniature book, 95 × 69–70 × c. 46 mm. (book closed).


Origin: c. 1460–1480 ; Italian, Florence (?)

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:

    S. J. P. van Dijk, Latin Liturgical Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library, Oxford, vol. 2: Office Books (typescript, 1957), p. 323

Last Substantive Revision

2020-08-20: Binding description added.