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

MS. Canon. Liturg. 308

Summary Catalogue no.: 19399


Language(s): Latin

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment
Musical Notation:

Notation on staves (see van Dijk 1957).


Fine historiated initials.

Fine other initials.

Retouched (?). (Pächt and Alexander ii. 648, pl. LXIII)


15th century or early 16th century, Italian: wood boards with narrow inside bevel; dark red polished leather, blind-tooled with multiple lines and an arabesque roll(?) to form an empty panel on each cover, lines also on the turn-ins; spine with similar blind tooling, but damaged and covered with later paper; traces of two fore-edge clasps with lost straps of leather over parchment cores; parchment spine-liners from a Latin liturgical manuscript, 14th or 15th century, Italian; edges gilt, probably gauffered (very worn). Spine crudely covered in yellowish paper with ink title, 18th century, Italian. 219–220 × 144–145 × c. 20 mm. (book closed). The manuscript, partly a processional, is from the ‘nuns of St. Louis’ [of Toulouse], perhaps at Sant’Alvise, Venice.


Origin: 15th century, beginning ; 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).


    Printed descriptions:

    S. J. P. van Dijk, Latin Liturgical Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library, Oxford, vol. 3: Rituals and Directories (typescript, 1957), p. 47

Last Substantive Revision

2020-08-20: Binding description added.