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. (Pächt and Alexander 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).


    Printed descriptions:

    A. Watson, Catalogue of Dated and Datable Manuscripts in Oxford Libraries (1984), no. 265
    S. J. P. van Dijk, Latin Liturgical Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library, Oxford, vol. 4: Books of Hours (typescript, 1957), p. 6

Last Substantive Revision

2020-08-20: Binding description added.