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

MS. Canon. Liturg. 246

Summary Catalogue no.: 19351


Book of Hours (Augustinian (?))
Language(s): Latin

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment


Good historiated and other borders.

Initials (rubbed). By, or related to the style of, Cristoforo Cortese. (Pächt and Alexander ii. 452)


15th century, Italian (perhaps as MS., made for a nun named Barbara, fol. 140r-v): wood boards with inside bevel; dark brown leather blind-tooled with triple lines, stamps and strapwork; original spine lost; remains of three clasps, with red textile straps (all lost, but one replaced at the fore-edge with a modern leather strap, its metal tip presumably original) and with prominent surviving nails on front cover and shaped catch-plates on back, each with a different but complementary pattern; edges plain. Added paste-downs and flyleaves of carta bassanese, 18th century, Italian; rebacked 1954, Bodleian. The single strap recorded by the Summary Catalogue in 1897 was perhaps the original red textile, to be replaced with new leather in 1954. 103–104 × 72–74 × c. 56–57 mm. (book closed).


Origin: c. 1420 ; 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:

    S. J. P. van Dijk, Latin Liturgical Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library, Oxford, vol. 4: Books of Hours (typescript, 1957), p. 11

Last Substantive Revision

2020-08-20: Binding description added.