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

MS. Canon. Liturg. 23

Summary Catalogue no.: 19236


Book of Hours, Use of Rome
Language(s): Latin

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment


Good historiated border.

Good historiated initials.

Good other initials. (Pächt and Alexander ii. 526)


16th century or early 17th century, Italian: pasteboards; dark brown leather, tooled with blind and gilt lines, gilt floral stamps, and gilt centrepieces of oval sunbursts enclosing Crucified Christ (front) or Virgin and Child (back); spine with gilt lines and single stamps; remains of two hinged metal clasps; edges stained reddish purple. Added paste-downs and flyleaves of carta bassanese, 18th century, Italian, for Jacopo Soranzo, with his spine-label. 119 × 85–87 × c. 33–34 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:

    S. J. P. van Dijk, Latin Liturgical Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library, Oxford, vol. 4: Books of Hours (typescript, 1957), p. 261

Last Substantive Revision

2020-07-24: Binding description added.