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

MS. Canon. Liturg. 247

Summary Catalogue no.: 19352


Book of Hours (Dominican)
Language(s): Latin

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment


Good borders.

Good historiated initials.

Good other initials. (Pächt and Alexander ii. 539)


A composite binding, where the boards seem earlier than the leather:

15th century, Italian (as MS.?, for the Dominican nuns of Corpus Domini, Venice): wood boards, with traces of two fore-edge clasps present in nails and grooves under the leather; edges gilt, possible traces of gauffering.

16th century?, Italian: dark brown leather, simply blind-tooled with double lines around the edges and also forming a large blank diamond-shaped panel on each cover; no allowance for the boards’ clasp fittings.

18th century, Italian: paste-downs and flyleaves of carta bassanese added for Jacopo Soranzo, whose label is at top of spine. 103 × 73 × c. 47 mm. (book closed).


Origin: 15th century, third quarter ; 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. 22

Last Substantive Revision

2020-08-20: Binding description added.