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MS. Canon. Liturg. 341

Summary Catalogue no.: 19427

Gradual; Austria (probably Innichen), 12th century, last quarter


(fols. 1r-38r)

Combined temporale and sanctorale, beginning with the 1st Sunday in Advent; In vigilia unius apostoli before the mass of St. John the evangelist (fol. 5).

Fols. 1r-8v: Dom. 1 Adv. to Fabian and Sebastian (ends imperfect); quire missing; fols. 9r-32v Dom. 1 in XLa (beg. imperfect) to Peter (ends imperfect); quire missing; fols. 33r-38r Dom. 1 post Pent. (beg. imperfect) to Dom. 23 post Pent.

(fols. 38r-39v)

Alleluias for the common of the saints and the Virgin

(fols. 40r-v)

Kyriale (imperfect?)

Contents itemized Flotzinger, 75. Trope 'Ecclesie sponsus' added in a later hand at the bottom of fol. 40v.

(fols. 41r-58v)

Proser (sequentiary) without music but with several melodies added in the course of the 12th century. For full inventory (by Calvin Bower) see CANTUS.

(fols. 59r-61r)

Troper: short series of introit tropes (fols. 59r-60r); Kyrie tropes with Gloria, troped Sanctus and Agnus dei (fols. 60r-61r)

Contents itemized Flotzinger, 76–7.

(fols. 61v-62v)

Additions among which antiphons for the Washing of the Feet (fol. 61v) and a kyrie trope.

Contents itemized Flotzinger, 77.

No rubrics. Fol. 29r palimpsest with music.

Language(s): Latin

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment
Extent: iii + 62 + iii fol.
Dimensions (leaf): 258 × 185 mm.


1(8) (fols. 1–8), quire missing, 2(8)-4(8) (fols. 9–32), quire missing, 5(8) (fols. 33–40), 6(8) (fols. 41–8), 7(10) (fols. 49–58), 8(4) (fols. 59–62)


Gradual: 22–3 lines, written space 180 × 120 mm.

Proser/sequentiary: 23 lines, written space 183 × 122 mm.

Musical Notation:

'Rhythmical south German neums with a tendency to diastematism' (Flotzinger, p. 73)


Good initial. (Pächt and Alexander i. 75)

Elsewhere coloured red initials; initials and rubrication lacking after fol. 60r line 6.


18th century, Italian, a standard Canonici style: brown leather over wooden boards, blind tooling around the cover edges. Rust stains from an earlier binding on fol. 1r.


Origin: 12th century, last quarter ; Austria, probably Innichen, collegiate church

Provenance and Acquisition

For date, see Flotzinger and the CANTUS record. Written for, and probably at, the collegiate church of Innichen, as indicated by the trope for St. Candidus on fol. 60r, the patron of Innichen, with the text 'Hodie revolvat anima' referring to the dedication of the church.

Innichen, collegiate church

Throughout the volume are added 12th and 13th century Christian names (see fols. 61, 62v). Many are transcribed by Flotzinger, pp. 74–5, 77–8

Matteo Luigi Canonici, 1727–1805: uncertain when acquired, not from Trevisan / Soranzo.

Giuseppe Canonici , -1807

Purchased by the Bodleian in 1817

Record Sources

Adapted (2018, rev. Nov. 2020) by Matthew Holford from the following sources, with some additional description (collation, binding) and with reference to published literature as cited:
S. J. P. Van Dijk, Handlist of the Latin Liturgical Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library Oxford Vol. 1: Mass Books
Otto Pächt and J. J. G. Alexander, Illuminated Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library, Oxford, I (1966), no. 75
Summary Catalogue (1897)

Digital Images

Digital Bodleian (full digital facsimile)


Last Substantive Revision

2020-11-30: Description revised for Polonsky German project with additional physical description and reference to published literature