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

MS. Canon. Liturg. 286

Summary Catalogue no.: 19386


Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment


Fine border.

Fine historiated initials.

Fine other initials. (Pächt and Alexander i. 169, pl. XIII)


16th century, early, Flemish?: wood boards, shallow bevel; brown leather, with a blind panel of ‘Flemish animals’ (two rows of five beasts in foliage, around the central motto ‘Ora pro nobis sancta dei genitrix’, a standard Flemish design) stamped four times on each cover; traces of two lost strap-and-pin fastenings with straps of dark blue textile, running from back fore-edge to two lost pins over halfway across front board; edges gilt, gauffered. Rebacked, 18th century, Italian, in lighter brown leather with gilt red-leather label and paste-downs of splotched marbled paper. 189–190 × 137 × c. 75 mm. (book closed).

For similar panels, see Staffan Fogelmark, Flemish and related panel-stamped bindings: evidence and principles, New York 1990, pp. 145 & n. 305, 151 n. 329, 216ff., 221; pl. XLII, R.106–107.


Origin: 1464 ; German, Westphalia

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 (4 images from 35mm slides)


    Printed descriptions:

    A. Watson, Catalogue of Dated and Datable Manuscripts in Oxford Libraries (1984), no. 268
    S. J. P. van Dijk, Latin Liturgical Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library, Oxford, vol. 2: Office Books (typescript, 1957), p. 278

Last Substantive Revision

2020-08-20: Binding description added.