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

MS. Canon. Liturg. 291

Summary Catalogue no.: 19390


Choir book (Dominican)
Language(s): Latin

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment
Musical Notation:

Notation on staves (see van Dijk 1957).


18th century?, Italian: pasteboards; polished brown leather, blind-tooled with triple lines and stamps to form on each cover an outer panel with centre left bare; spine tooled with double lines around the three bands and a floral tool in each panel, no title or label; two fore-edge clasps with brown leather straps tooled with blind double lines, each tipped with a fine dark-metal scallop-shaped catch which once fitted onto a lost pin at the edge of the lower board; edges speckled with red and brown. 169–170 × 122 × c. 30 mm. (book closed). Identical clasps are at MS. Canon. Liturg. 158, but with different 18th-century binding style.


Origin: 15th century and 16th century ; Italian

Record Sources

Summary description abbreviated from the Summary Catalogue (1897). 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).


Last Substantive Revision

2020-08-20: Binding description added.