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. (P&A 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)

Last Substantive Revision

2020-08-20: Binding description added.