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

MS. Canon. Liturg. 36

Summary Catalogue no.: 19246


Book of Hours, Use of Rome
Language(s): Latin

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment


Italian script. (Pächt and Alexander i. 338)


Good borders.

Good initials. (Pächt and Alexander i. 338)


16th century or 17th century, Italian?: pasteboards; dark brown leather, very worn, decorated with blind lines, gilt lines and corner-pieces; gilt centrepiece on back cover with a crowned monogram ‘MRA’ (? for Maria, B. V. M.) surrounded by fleurs-de-lis, front cover probably similar but worn away; spine tooled with gilt lines and one small circular tool; traces of two lost fore-edge clasps or pairs of ties; edges gilt, partly gauffered, the illuminated borders severely trimmed. 105 × 70–74 × c. 22 mm. (book closed).


Origin: 15th century, third quarter ; Italian (script); Flemish (decoration)

Record Sources

Summary description abbreviated from the Summary Catalogue (1897). Decoration, localization and date follow Pächt and Alexander (1966). 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)


    Printed descriptions:

    S. J. P. van Dijk, Latin Liturgical Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library, Oxford, vol. 4: Books of Hours (typescript, 1957), p. 305

Last Substantive Revision

2020-07-24: Binding description added.