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

MS. Canon. Liturg. 287

Summary Catalogue no.: 19387


Book of Hours, Use of Rome
Language(s): Latin

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment


Humanistic script in gold and silver on purple stained parchment, attributable to Pierantonio Sallando. (Pächt and Alexander ii. 671, pl. LXIV)


Fine initials. Mutilated. (Pächt and Alexander ii. 671, pl. LXIV)


18th century, second half, Italian, Venice, a fine binding, perhaps for M. L. Canonici himself: pasteboards; polished green leather, gilt tooled with rolls (including a Greek key pattern) and floral stamps, framing on each cover a small round centrepiece of a profile male head on spiralling circles; board-edges and turn-ins also gilt-rolled; spine with all-over gilt tools and a gilt red-leather label; paste-downs and flyleaves of marbled paper; white paper flyleaves watermarked ‘ROMA’ with ‘F B’; no clasps; edges gilt and gauffered from an earlier binding; many leaves lost before present binding. 149 × 97–99 × c. 23 mm. (book closed).

18th century, second half, Italian, Venice, telescopic box made for the present binding: thin card with rounded back, covered with red leather; gilt-tooled with thin rolls, stamps, and lines around every edge and every side; box lined with carta bassanese, with a simple geometric zig-zag pattern of red on white. 155–157 × 106–107 × c. 29–30 mm. (box closed). Cf. boxes of MSS. Canon. Liturg. 114 and 178.


Origin: 15th century, end ; Italian, Bologna

Record Sources

Summary description abbreviated from the Summary Catalogue (1897). Decoration, localization and date follow Pächt and Alexander (1970). 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 (2 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. 39

Last Substantive Revision

2020-08-20: Binding description added.