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

MS. Canon. Liturg. 271

Summary Catalogue no.: 19373


Psalter (Carthusian) (portable psalter with antiphons)
Language(s): Latin

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment


Good border.

Good historiated initials.

Good other initials. (Pächt and Alexander ii. 742, pl. LXXI)


16th century, late, or 17th century, Italian: thin pasteboards; dark red leather, tooled with some blind lines but mostly gilt lines, stamps and a roll, framing centrepieces of the Virgin Mary on a crescent moon (front cover) or of a male saint in clerical robes (back); spine gilt, no title or label; two small clasps present at fore-edge, with brown leather straps and metal tips; edges gilt, gauffered. 153–155 × 103 × c. 20 mm. (book closed). The manuscript was probably made for the Garegnano Charterhouse, Milan, dedicated to St. Ambrose who might therefore be the saint on back cover.


Origin: 15th century, third quarter ; Italian, Milan (?)

Record Sources

Summary description based on Elizabeth Solopova, Latin Liturgical Psalters in the Bodleian Library: A Select Catalogue (Oxford, 2013), pp. 548–53. Previously described in the Summary Catalogue. 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).

Digital Images

Digital Bodleian (6 images from 35mm slides)


    Printed descriptions:

    S. J. P. van Dijk, Latin Liturgical Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library, Oxford, vol. 2: Office Books (typescript, 1957), p. 101

Last Substantive Revision

2020-08-20: Binding description added.