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. (P&A 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)

Last Substantive Revision

2020-08-20: Binding description added.