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

MS. Canon. Liturg. 233

Summary Catalogue no.: 19342


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

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment


Good borders.

Good initials. (Pächt and Alexander i. 336)


17th century?, French or Flemish?: thin pasteboards; polished red leather, elaborate all-over gilt tooling on covers and outside edges but central oval on each cover left unfilled (for coat of arms?); spine flat, with similar gilt tooling but no title; traces of two clasps, roughly removed; edges gilt, not gauffered, done after some trimming (slightly cropping the illuminated borders). Fragments of Jacopo Soranzo’s decorative label, 18th century, at top of spine. A miniature book, 91 × c. 67–68 × c. 28 mm. (book closed).


Origin: 15th century, third quarter ; Flemish

Record Sources

Summary description abbreviated from the Summary Catalogue (1897). Decoration, localization and date follow Pächt and Alexander (1966). 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. 288

Last Substantive Revision

2020-08-20: Binding description added.