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

MS. Canon. Liturg. 242

Summary Catalogue no.: 19347


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

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment


Fine historiated border.

Fine initials (partly damaged). (Pächt and Alexander ii. 575, pl. LIV)


18th century?, Italian: pasteboards; polished light-brown leather, blind-tooled with lines, rolls and stamps to form a panel with blank centre on each cover; blind roll also around edges of boards; spine blind-tooled with lines and a floral stamp, no title or original label; no clasps, but traces on back endleaf (fol. 205v) of two possible clasps from a previous binding; gilt edges, perhaps gauffered, now badly worn and uneven after resewing. Fol. 1r is so badly rubbed that before the present rebinding the volume may have been left without a front cover for a long period. 103–104 × c. 73–5 × c. 40 mm. (book closed). Cf. MS. Canon. Liturg. 267 for a similar binding.


Origin: 15th century, end ; Italian, Venice or Padua

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).

Digital Images

Digital Bodleian (3 images from 35mm slides)


    Printed descriptions:

    S. J. P. van Dijk, Latin Liturgical Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library, Oxford, vol. 4: Books of Hours (typescript, 1957), p. 252

Last Substantive Revision

2020-08-20: Binding description added.