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

MS. Canon. Liturg. 33

Summary Catalogue no.: 19243


Book of Hours, Use of Rome
Language(s): Latin

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment



Historated initial. (Pächt and Alexander ii. 589)


15th century, end, Italian (as MS.): wood boards with narrow inside bevel; hard, dark brown polished leather, cuir ciselé, each cover incised with a panel of elaborate acanthus foliage stemming from a small vase at foot, in relief on a stippled ground; spine similarly decorated; traces of a lost central clasp, and of diagonal oversewing of endbands in red and green thread; gilt gauffered edges (worn). Added on spine, 17th or 18th century, a large paper label and a red wax seal with a damaged impression of a lion rampant; trace of similar red wax at centre of back cover. A miniature book, 92 × 66–67 × c. 40 mm. (book closed).


Origin: 15th century, end ; 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:

    Tammaro de Marinis, La legatura artistica in Italia nei secoli XV e XVI, 3 vols., Florence 1960, II no. 1474 C (under Venice).
    S. J. P. van Dijk, Latin Liturgical Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library, Oxford, vol. 4: Books of Hours (typescript, 1957), p. 263

Last Substantive Revision

2020-07-24: Binding description added.