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

MS. Canon. Liturg. 318

Summary Catalogue no.: 19407


Book of Hours for private use (?)
Language(s): Latin and Italian

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: paper


15th century, Italian (as MS.): wood boards with inside bevel, rounded corners; brown leather, blind-tooled with lines, stamps and strapwork to form on each cover a panel around a large strapwork cross on a base (very worn); spine plain; single central clasp, extant, with a strap of thick tawed? leather and brass tip, running to a flat trefoil-shaped brass catch-plate on lower cover; edges plain; front paste-down (lifted) and flyleaf from a 12th-century Latin Passional, with fragments of feasts for 4 Dec. (St. Barbara and St. Peter Chrysologus) in large, rounded Italian script; lower paste-down (and flyleaf?) from the same manuscript, but now missing. 150–152 × 111 × c. 24 mm. (book closed).


Origin: 15th 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.