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

MS. Canon. Liturg. 301

Summary Catalogue no.: 19396


Ps.-Jerome, Martyrology
Language(s): Latin

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment


Fine historiated border.

Fine initials.

By Benedetto Bordone of Padua . Humanistic script attributed to Pierantonio Sallando who was then at Padua. (Pächt and Alexander ii. 626, pl. LX)


15th century, end (as MS.), Venice: wood boards, narrow inside bevel; brown leather; all-over blind and gilt tooling and painting, with small red highlights in Ottoman-inspired design, and initials and arms of N[iccolò] F[ranco], E[p.] of T[reviso, 1485/6–1499] on each board (the surviving initials are on the outside corners, probably replicated on the inside corners now hidden by reback); arms painted red under a mitre, echoing fol. 1r; traces of two lost fore-edge clasps; edges gilt, gauffered; fly-leaves of green or purple parchment (characteristic of Sallando). Rebacked in matching leather with gilt lines and gilt green-leather label, paste-downs and flyleaves of carta bassanese, 18th century, Italian, Venice, for Jacopo Soranzo (= Sor. 837 in quarto). 229–231 × 137–140 × 28 mm. (book closed).


Origin: 1486–1499 ; Italian, Padua or Venice (?)

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 (5 images from 35mm slides)


    Printed descriptions:

    Tammaro de Marinis, La legatura artistica in Italia nei secoli XV e XVI, 3 vols., Florence 1960, II nos. 1633 and 1643 bis (under Venice)
    A. Hobson, Humanists and bookbinders: the origins and diffusion of the humanistic bookbinding 1459–1559 …, Cambridge 1989, pp. 54–7, esp. p. 55 no. 12 (‘from a Venetian shop’).
    S. J. P. van Dijk, Latin Liturgical Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library, Oxford, vol. 2: Office Books (typescript, 1957), p. 196

Last Substantive Revision

2020-08-20: Binding description added.