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

MS. Canon. Liturg. 241

Summary Catalogue no.: 19346


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

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment


Historiated borders.

Historiated initials (defaced). Written by Hieronymus de Maffeis, fol. 197v. (P&A ii. 592)


17th century or 18th century, Italian, Venice (MS. from the Benedictine nunnery of San Servolo, Venice): pasteboards; brown polished leather, decorated on each cover with gilt lines and tooling around the edges and a central gilt cross on a base; remains of two fore-edge clasps with lost leather straps; gilt gauffered edges, perhaps inherited from a previous binding for which (if so) the volume was severely trimmed; spine mostly lost, but a fragment with gilt lines and leaf-tools preserved inside back cover. Rebacked in brown leather, late 19th or 20th century, Bodleian. A miniature book, 92–93 × 65–67 × c. 30–33 mm. (book closed).


Origin: 1497 ; 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).

Last Substantive Revision

2020-08-20: Binding description added.