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MS. Canon. Liturg. 322

Summary Catalogue no.: 19411

Physical Description

Composite: A || B
Support: Parchment.
Extent: i + 2 + 134 (136) + 2 fol.
Dimensions (leaf): 246 × 165 mm.
Foliation: An original foliation of Roman figures in the left top corners of the versos.


A composite binding of early boards, reused with later leather:

14th century, late, or 15th century, Italian: wood boards with inside bevel, and an indentation under the later leather at centre fore-edge (inside), perhaps from a fitting for a single clasp. Fols. 133–134 were perhaps the endleaves for this binding: a discoloured bifolium containing fragments of Disticha Catonis (II. 5–III. 9) and of a Latin grammatical text, 14th century, Italian.

18th century, Italian, a standard style of the Canonici collection, reusing the earlier boards: lightish brown diced leather, blind-tooled with lines and rolls to form two outer frames and an inner diamond shape without centrepieces; no clasp(s) allowed for by this leather; blue and white marbled endleaves; edges plain. 253 × 167–171 × c. 50–56 mm. (book closed).


Provenance and Acquisition

Given in 1392 by Francescho fijolo de Matteo de Santo Pero to the fraternity of Santa Maria del Domo, Verona (?): 'A honoro dela diuina maiesta Pare e fijolo e spito sancto. E fo di de domenega iiij dauosto de Mºcccºlxxxxij. Che francescho fijolo de Matteo (?) bondane chalce (?) de santo Pero in Carnaro Sedona (?) questo libro ala disciplina di Fratta (?) de madona santa Maria dal (?) domo. Dela contra de santa Maria la frata per celebrar mese e altri ofici che ge suxo' (fol. 2b, partly erased).

MS. Canon. Liturg. 322 – Part 1



Baptism rite (fol. 3); communion of the sick and Extreme Unction (fol. 7); commendation and burial service (fol. 8v); blessings of holy water, etc. (fol. 20), of the candles (fol. 24v) and ashes (fol. 26v); masses of the dead (fol. 27); festive missal (fol. 33) without any order; masses in honour of the Virgin (fol. 56); collects etc. for the Sunday masses during the year (fol. 62); music for the ordinary of the mass (fol. 74v) and prefaces (fol. 81); votive and common masses (fol. 89) with the canon in the common of more martyrs (fol. 100v), another series of votive and festive masses (fol. 110v). An index of this part is on fol.1. A ratio mensium kalendarum, nonarum et yduum (129), a Latin rhythmical poem on the antichrist (131: Antequam iudicii dies), moral precepts in verse and a leaf of a Latin grammar.

Language(s): Latin

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment
Dimensions (written): 175 × 100 mm.


23 lines

Musical Notation:

Square notation on 8 staves of 4 lines: 2 dry-point or black, 1 red and 1 yellow.


Fine miniature (coloured drawing). (Pächt and Alexander ii. 185, pl. XVII)


Origin: 14th century, end (before 1392) ; Italian

MS. Canon. Liturg. 322 – Part 2 (fols. 129–34, independent contemporary leaves at the end)


Language(s): Latin

(fol. 129)
Text on calendar
Rubric: Ratio mensium kalendarum nonarum & yduum
(fol. 131)
Poem on Antichrist
Incipit: Ante quam iudicii dies metuenda
(fol. 133)
Disticha Catonis II. 5-III. 9
Incipit: Dandum etenim est aliquid cum tempus postulat aut res

A single leaf, presumably a former binding-fragment.

(fol. 134v)
Grammatical text

Fragment. One passage begins:

Incipit: Quid est nomen? Non est dictio per quam fit nominatio

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment


Origin: 14th century, end (before 1392) ; Italian

Additional Information

Record Sources

Description adapted (2018, 2020) from S. J. P. Van Dijk, Handlist of the Latin Liturgical Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library Oxford (typescript) Vol. 1: Mass Books; Pächt and Alexander; and the Summary Catalogue, with additional reference to published literature as cited in the description.

Last Substantive Revision

2020-02-20: Andrew Dunning based on corrections by Bruce Barker-Benfield.