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MS. Canon. Liturg. 290

Summary Catalogue no.: 19389


Portable festive and votive missal, Use of Rome

Combined temporale and sanctorale (fol. 1), beginning abruptly in the mass of St. John the evangelist; order of the mass (fol. 31: Indutus planeta), a leaf missing at the beginning of the canon; common of the saints (fol. 40); votive masses (fol. 53v); blessing of holy water (fol. 69v); additions in different handwritings, among which a ritual of baptism (fol. 72v), Extreme Unction (fol. 75), the commendation and burial services; marriage service (fol. 76v).

Language(s): Latin

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment
Extent: vii + 82 + xi fol. A paper leaf instead of the missing parchm. leaf is after fol. 35, the last 10 fol. being blank fragments.
Dimensions (leaf): 173 × 120 mm.
Dimensions (written): 116 × 80 mm.


19 lines.


Origin: 15th century, first half ; Italian, perhaps Siena or Volterra

Provenance and Acquisition

In the litany (fol. 76v) are St. Justus, the companion of St. Clement, who was especially venerated at Volterra, and St. Ansanus, the patron saint of Siena. Though St. Francis does not occur in the litany, his name was left in the collect Satisfaciat (79).

Record Sources

Adapted (2018) from S. J. P. Van Dijk, Handlist of the Latin Liturgical Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library Oxford (typescript, 1957) Vol. 1: Mass Books Previously described in the Summary Catalogue.

Last Substantive Revision

2017-07-01: First online publication.