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

MS. Canon. Liturg. 333

Summary Catalogue no.: 19422


Usuard, Martyrology

Preceded by tables, partly in Italian, and calendar.

Language(s): Latin and Italian

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment


Good borders.

Good historiated initials.

Good other initials.

Computistical tables and diagrams, that on fol. 4 with date 1476. (Pächt and Alexander ii. 553)


18th century, Italian: wood? boards, no bevel; lightish brown leather, tooled with triple gilt lines and a blind roll to form an outer frame on each cover, around a large blind decorative centrepiece; spine with gilt lines and a gilt stamp in each panel, gilt red-leather label; no clasps; metal corner-pieces at the outer corners only, two to each cover, each with a domed boss and floral decoration (late 15th century, transferred from MS. Canon. Misc. 409); edges plain, with slight shadows of two straps from a former binding; paste-downs of carta bassanese. Rebacked (old spine re-laid) at Bodleian, 1940s (perhaps dated 23 Nov. 1948, but indistinctly written). 235–238 × c. 168 × c. 48–51 mm. (book closed).


Origin: c. 1476 ; 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).

Digital Images

Digital Bodleian (1 image from 35mm slides)


    Printed descriptions:

    A. Watson, Catalogue of Dated and Datable Manuscripts in Oxford Libraries (1984), no. 273
    S. J. P. van Dijk, Latin Liturgical Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library, Oxford, vol. 2: Office Books (typescript, 1957), p. 201

Last Substantive Revision

2020-08-20: Binding description added.