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

MS. Canon. Liturg. 343

Summary Catalogue no.: 19429


Breviary (Cistercian)
Language(s): Latin

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment


Fine miniatures.

Fine borders.

Fine historiated initials.

Fine other initials.

By the school of Benedetto Bordone of Padua. (Pächt and Alexander ii. 593, pl. LVI)


c. 1500, Italian (as MS.): wood boards, inside bevel; polished reddish-brown leather, blind-tooled with multiple lines, stamps, strapwork and a centrepiece of ‘yh’s’ in a small circle on each cover; spine lost; remains of two strap-and-pin fastenings with lost straps of similar leather over parchment cores, fixed on the front cover with surviving star-shaped nails and running to lost pins with squarish bases halfway across the lower board; edges gilt, gauffered. Rebacked, later 19th century (‘new’ in 1897), Bodleian. 282–283 × 199–202 × c. 70–80 mm. (book closed).


Origin: c. 1500 ; Italian, Venice or Padua

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 (36 images from 35mm slides)


    Printed descriptions:

    Tammaro de Marinis, La legatura artistica in Italia nei secoli XV e XVI, 3 vols., Florence 1960, II no. 1576 ter (under Venice).
    S. J. P. van Dijk, Latin Liturgical Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library, Oxford, vol. 2: Office Books (typescript, 1957), p. 241

Last Substantive Revision

2020-08-20: Binding description added.