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MS. Canon. Liturg. 324

Summary Catalogue no.: 19413


Lectionary (Epistle and Gospel Book)

Benedictine. Temporale (fol. 1), beginning with Christmas eve; sanctorale (fol. 136v), beginning with St. Sylvester; common of the saints (fol. 160v) and the dedication (fol. 179); votive masses for each day of the week (fol. 181), for various intentions (fol. 182v) and for the dead (fol. 190). Additions, among which the Exultet (fol. 193v) with music.

Language(s): Latin

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment
Extent: ii + 1 + 194 + 1 + ii fol.
Dimensions (leaf): 218 × 150 mm.
Dimensions (written): 155/65 × 100/5 mm.


23 lines

Musical Notation:

Occasional neums. In the passions (fol. 61v) the parts are indicated by a, c, t. Two unfinished initials on the titlepage (1). The Exultet, in Italian handwriting, has square notation on staves of 4 black lines.


Good initials, partly unfinished. (P&A i. 63)


Origin: 12th century, first half ; German, Hirsau (?)

Provenance and Acquisition

The Sanctorale which is identical with that in the Gospel Book of Canon. bibl. lat. 43, shows strong monastic influence, while the feast of St. Aurelius bp. (14 Sept.) points to Hirsau.

Fol.195: 'Anno domini mocclv. xvi kalendas Aprilis. concessi sunt hic liber . ⟨Amo..en⟩ conuentu domino W⟨alstipp⟩ et domino Ottaviano iiii. scilicet epistolarium et evangeliarium. ⟨in i uolumine⟩ missale ⟨.i. duo⟩ matutinale'.

Record Sources

Adapted (2018) from S. J. P. Van Dijk, Handlist of the Latin Liturgical Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library Oxford : Vol. 1: Mass Books (typescript, 1957), Pächt and Alexander, and the Summary Catalogue (1897).

Digital Images

Digital Bodleian (1 image from 35mm slides)


    Otto Pächt and J. J. G. Alexander, Illuminated Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library Oxford, I (1966), no. 63