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

MS. Canon. Liturg. 264

Summary Catalogue no.: 19366


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

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment


Fine historiated borders.

Fine initials.

By two hands. A cutting pasted in, fol. 14, north Italian, 13th century, second half. (Pächt and Alexander ii. 722, pl. LXX)


16th century? (and earlier?), Italian: wood boards, narrow inside bevel; rich brocade, woven with a large acanthus-leaf pattern in yellow-gold on a blue background, covering the boards and originally the spine (there mostly lost); two clasps with straps of the same brocade over parchment linings, and scallop-shell shaped brass tips; edges gilt and gauffered. 143–148 × 99–100 × c. 45–46 mm. (book closed). The boards and sewing might be earlier than the 16th(?)-century fabric.


Origin: 15th century, middle ; Italian, Lombardy

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. 250

Last Substantive Revision

2020-08-20: Binding description added.