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. (P&A 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)


    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’).

Last Substantive Revision

2020-08-20: Binding description added.