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. (P&A 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)

Last Substantive Revision

2020-08-20: Binding description added.