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

MS. Canon. Liturg. 283

Summary Catalogue no.: 19383


Book of Hours, Use of Évreux
Language(s): Latin and Middle French

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment


Good miniatures by several hands.

Good historiated borders.

Good initials. (Pächt and Alexander i. 732)


16th century, French?: pasteboards; brown leather, gilt-tooled with an all-over pattern of lines, stems, shells and leaves, the stems further highlighted with lighter brown paint (now worn); at centre of each cover in gilt letters, initials ‘.A.P.’; spine in same style, no title or label; traces of four lost pairs of ties of blue textile; edges gilt, gauffered with a leafy pattern. Spine re-laid onto modern reback leather of similar colour, 20th century, Bodleian. 183 × 138–140 × c. 48–50 mm. (book closed).


Origin: 15th century, third quarter ; French, Normandy

Record Sources

Summary description abbreviated from the Summary Catalogue (1897). Decoration, localization and date follow Pächt and Alexander (1966). 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 (32 images from 35mm slides)


    Printed descriptions:

    S. J. P. van Dijk, Latin Liturgical Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library, Oxford, vol. 4: Books of Hours (typescript, 1957), p. 54

Last Substantive Revision

2020-08-20: Binding description added.