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MS. Canon. Liturg. 331

Summary Catalogue no.: 19420


Language(s): Latin and Italian

Festive and votive missal, Use of Rome

Wheel for the indictions of 1468–82 (fol. 1v); table of moveable feasts (fol. 2), beginning with 1478; another with the date 1479 (fol. 2v); wheel and table for calculating Easter (fol. 3); kalendar (fol. 5) with many later additions; masses of the principal feasts (fol. 12); common of the saints (fol. 19); votive masses (fol. 20v); vesper antiphons for the office of the dead and prose Dies irae (fol. 39) both on music; order of the mass (fol. 42: Paratus sacerdos); contemporary additions: benedictio navis novi, missa pro navigantibus, missa pro mortalitate hominum (fol. 50v).

Language(s): Latin
2. (fol. 52)
Dominicus de Dominicis, Rudimenta ad sciendum
Language(s): Latin
3. (fol. 73v)
Lives of Saints

SS. Jacobus Intercisus, fol. 73v; Juliana, fol. 75v, Fusca, fol. 67, Margaret, fol. 78v.

Language(s): Latin
4. (fol. 84)
Religious poems (laudi)
Incipit: Judicata serai poi a lo Inferno
Incipit: Madre que festi colui che te feze
Incipit: Cantano e cudano li angeli dilecti
Incipit: Vergene sacra, de tuo padre sposa
Incipit: Nelle tue braze, o Vergene Maria
Incipit: Acori dona e non tardare
Incipit: A noma pelegrina
Incipit: Quando te feze lambassata sacra
Incipit: Cum desiderio eno çerchando
Incipit: Amor tuto me accende
Language(s): Italian
(fol. 100)

Magic wheel

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: paper
Extent: ii + 2 + 98 + 2 + ii fol.
Dimensions (leaf): 237 × 170 mm.
Dimensions (written): 150 × 95 mm.
Foliation: An ancient numbering does not include the parchm. flyleaves at the beginning, while fols. 89–100 are only one leaf.


29–30 lines, 1 column.

Musical Notation:

Square notation on 7 staves of 4 red lines.


Fine miniature (drawing), fol. 46v, diagrams, initial. (Pächt and Alexander ii. 497, pl. XLVII)

Miniature (drawing), interlace initials, coloured initials (some interlace), diagrams, rubrics.


Origin: 1461 ; Italian, Venice

Provenance and Acquisition

'Expletum fuit liber Iste. Im[sic] Millesimo quadringentesimo sexagesimo primo. Die vero vndecimo mensis Junij' (fol. 99): fols. 2–99 only.

The book seems to have been written for a confraternity at Altino, near Venice; the feasts of St. Liberalis (27 April), St. Heliodorus (3 July) and St. Theonistus etc. (22 November) are all in red. So is the feast of St. Fusca (13 Febr.) whose relics were at the nearby isle of Torcello. From the added dedication of St. Symeon's and the addition to the feast of St. Magnus in the kalendar (6 October), it may be concluded that the missal was later brought to Venice itself. (In the kalendar the dedication of St. Mark’s, Venice is original (8 Oct.); that of St. Symeon’s (16 July) is added.)

Wheel for the indictions 1468–1482, fol. 1v, and tables, fols. 2–2v, with the date 1478 over erasure.

'1419. Die .xxx. mazo nasse borth(olomeo)[sic] fio de philippo trivisan [of Venice]', fol. 99v

On fol.101 is an erasure, likewise on fol.iiiv, where the date '1465 a di 8 Mazo' remains; the years 1476 and 1493 are added on fol. 10v.

Record Sources

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


Last Substantive Revision

2017-07-01: First online publication.