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MS. Canon. Liturg. 345

Summary Catalogue no.: 19431


Sacramentary, local use
Language(s): Latin

Imperfect kalendar (April-Sept.)

2. (fol. 5)

Prayers before and during mass

3. (fol. 11)


4. (fol. 19)

Canon and prayers after mass, some are later additions. Sacramentary, the temporale (fol. 21) beginning with the first Sunday in Advent, the sanctorale (fol. 106) with St. Lucia (13 Dec.)

5. (fol. 149v)

Common of the saints and votive masses (fol. 156) both with epistles and gospels, the Missa ad sponsum et sponsam benedicendum (fol. 171) also with the opening words of the parts to be sung

Some masses missing at the end. Extensive rubrics in the ordo vel denuntiatio of the scrutinia (fol. 42), in the order of the reception of the penitents on Maundy Thursday (fol. 62) and in the baptismal service on Holy Saturday (fol. 74).

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment
Extent: ii + 179 (180) + 2 + i fol.
Dimensions (leaf): 265 × 165 mm.
Dimensions (written): 180 × 89 mm.


25 lines

Musical Notation:

Square notation of 12 staves of 2 black and 1 red line in the Exultet (fol. 74v), erased and rewritten about the same time the texts on fol. 19f were added.


Fine borders, initials. (Pächt and Alexander ii. 31, pl. IV)

Titles often in uncial; red initials, many coloured in yellow, pink, black and blue

Two full-page initials: the first words of the common preface (fol. 11v) and of the canon (fol. 14)

Additions: On fol.14v in the margin of the Memento for the living is: ‘Soror Menega’ (c. 1200).

Accompanying Material

Fols. 180–1, fragments of a 14th century law book.


Origin: 12th century, second quarter ; Italian, Pistoia, cathedral (mass of Sts. Rufinus and Felix (113) 'qui in presenti ecclesia requiescunt'. The mass occurs between 10 and 14 February, an unusual date; see ASS, Aug.V, 838 f.: 25 or 26 Aug.)

Provenance and Acquisition

Used in the diocese of Castello near Venice, 13th century, second quarter (fol. 77, in the Exultet: ‘atque venerabili petro pino episcopo castellano seu etiam /// inclito duci nostro’ …).

Additions to correct it into a Venetian (6v, 7) missal, 14th century.

Record Sources

Description adapted (2018) from the following sources:
Otto Pächt and J. J. G. Alexander, Illuminated Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library, Oxford, II (1970), no. 31 [decoration, date]
S. J. P. Van Dijk, Handlist of the Latin Liturgical Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library Oxford : Vol. 1: Mass Books (typescript, 1957), pp. 17–18 [contents, physical description, provenance]
Previously described in the Summary Catalogue (1895).

Last Substantive Revision

2018: Description revised with reference to van Dijk and Pächt and Alexander