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

MS. Canon. Liturg. 261

Summary Catalogue no.: 19363


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

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment


Fine borders.

Fine historiated initials.

Fine other initials. (Pächt and Alexander ii. 631, pl. LXI)


16th century, late, or 17th century, Italian: wood? boards; brown leather, tooled on each cover with gilt lines, stamps and a roll in an elaborate panel enclosing a Crucifixion (front) or Virgin and Child (back), each with stars in an oval with ‘SVOR.MARIA.IN.LVMINA.TRAVIS.’; spine gilt with same roll, no title; board-edges also tooled with a gilt roll; remains of two clasps with fittings, all under the leather, straps lost; edges gilt. Added paste-downs and flyleaves of carta bassanese, 18th century, Italian. 137–139 × c. 95 × c. 38–40 mm. (book closed). Manuscript written for a Benedictine nun, and evidently rebound for this later ‘Suor Maria’.


Origin: 15th century, second quarter ; Italian, Verona (?)

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. 9

Last Substantive Revision

2020-08-20: Binding description added.