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). (P&A 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)

Last Substantive Revision

2020-08-20: Binding description added.