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

MS. Canon. Liturg. 266

Summary Catalogue no.: 19368


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

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment


Fine borders.

Fine historiated initials.

By Gherardo or Monte di Giovanni di Miniato (del Fora). (Pächt and Alexander ii. 317, pl. XXVIII)


16th century?, Italian: wood boards; brown leather, each cover blind-tooled with quadruple lines and a roll to form a central panel which contains gilt florets at the corners and a central gilt ‘yh’s’ monogram in a circle; original spine lost; two fore-edge clasps, of which the upper survives with its brown leather strap tooled with blind and gilt lines and metal-tipped (but two holes near centre of back cover suggest previous strap-and-pin fastenings); edges gilt, gauffered. Rebacked in matching leather, 20th century, Bodleian. 130 × 85–88 × c. 55 mm. (book closed). Manuscript written for a Benedictine nun named Catherine.


Origin: c. 1470–80 ; Italian, Florence

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. 246

Last Substantive Revision

2020-08-20: Binding description added.