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

MS. Canon. Liturg. 279

Summary Catalogue no.: 19381


Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment



Initials. (Pächt and Alexander iii. 1333)


16th century, late, or 17th century, Spanish? (probably as MS.): wood boards, slight inside bevel; dark brown leather, gilt tooled with roll and stamps to form on each cover a thin border with corner-pieces around a small centrepiece of ‘IH’S’ within an oval sunburst; gilding worn and rubbed, spine lost; remains of two fore-edge clasps with lost straps of similar leather (the surviving metalwork was probably originally under the leather); edges coloured red. Rebacked, late 19th or 20th century, Bodleian. 134–135 × c. 93 × c. 13–14 mm. (book closed).


Origin: 16th century - 17th century ; Spanish

Record Sources

Summary description abbreviated from the Summary Catalogue (1897). Decoration, localization and date follow Pächt and Alexander (1973). 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. 2: Office Books (typescript, 1957), p. 366

Last Substantive Revision

2020-08-20: Binding description added.