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

MS. Canon. Liturg. 353

Summary Catalogue no.: 19439


Breviary, Use of Rome
Language(s): Latin

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment


Good borders.

Good historiated initials.

Good other initials. (Pächt and Alexander ii. 678)


15th century, Italian, Venice? (as MS., 1462, Brescia, ? corrected at Venice): wood boards; light brown leather, blind-tooled with multiple lines, stamps and strapwork; spine original, cross-hatched with blind triple lines and a small flower stamp; traces of four strap-and-pin clasps running from grooves at front-cover edges to pins at back, all lost; edges plain. Gilt red-leather spine-label and lettering added, 18th century, Italian; spine, corners and covers clumsily repaired in similar leather, 18th century (Italian) or 19th century (Bodleian). 302–5 × 210–14 × c. 102–6 mm. (book closed).


Origin: 1462 ; Italian, Brescia

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).


    Printed descriptions:

    A. Watson, Catalogue of Dated and Datable Manuscripts in Oxford Libraries (1984), no. 277
    Tammaro de Marinis, La legatura artistica in Italia nei secoli XV e XVI, 3 vols., Florence 1960, II no. 1576 quat. (under Venice).
    S. J. P. van Dijk, Latin Liturgical Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library, Oxford, vol. 2: Office Books (typescript, 1957), p. 258

Last Substantive Revision

2020-08-20: Binding description added.