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

MS. Canon. Liturg. 323

Summary Catalogue no.: 19412


Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment
Musical Notation:

Notation (see van Dijk 1957).


Good historiated border (defaced).

Good initials. The date 1514 is written in the calendrial tables, fol. 7v, by the original hand. On fol. 7 the date 1568 added. (Pächt and Alexander ii. 994)


16th century, mid?, Italian, Venice: wood boards, all corners rounded; dark reddish-brown leather, sparsely blind-tooled with septuple lines round edges and single diagonal lines crossing at the centre; traces of two clasps with lost leather straps (with parchment cores) and of four lost circular bosses on each cover; spine and edges plain. Textblock very worn and discoloured throughout, evidently through constant use in liturgy for a long period. 248–249 × 180–182 × c. 52–53 mm. (book closed).


Origin: 1514 (?) ; Italian, 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).


    Printed descriptions:

    S. J. P. van Dijk, Latin Liturgical Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library, Oxford, vol. 2: Office Books (typescript, 1957), p. 337

Last Substantive Revision

2020-08-20: Binding description added.