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MS. Canon. Liturg. 366

Summary Catalogue no.: 19450


Gradual and Breviary, Use of Brescia
(fols. 1v-36v)

A. Gradual

Combined temporale and sanctorale. Some rubrics in black (fols. 20–2) for Good Friday and Holy Saturday. At the end, i.e. after the last Sunday of Pentecost, 5 blank leaves have been used for an Epistola domini nostri Ihesu Christi … scripta in tabulis marmoreis … Quod vidistis filii …

(fols. 39–284)

B. Breviary

Combined temporale and sanctorale (fol. 39); common of the saints (fol. 239v); Benedictus and Magnificat antiphons for the Sundays after Pentecost (fol. 260), followed by the collects, lessons and responsories of the same period (fol. 262), ending abruptly in the antiphons of the 21st week but completed with 8 fol. (fols. 276–84) from a late 12th-cent. choir breviary (without notation), beginning in the last lesson of the 8th Sunday. The Sundays after Pentecost are separated from the common by a slightly later sermo in ramis palmarum (fol. 258). Some short rubrics.

Language(s): Latin

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment
Extent: i + 284 + i fol.
Dimensions (leaf): 298 × 180 mm.
Dimensions (written): 220 × 130 mm.


31 lines


Written by at least 4 different hands.

Musical Notation:

Adiastematic non-rhythmical North Italian neums.


Initials. Fols. 276–84 addition of 12th century. The note on fol. 284v, 'Presbiter Ofredus et Mancafaxia frater ... hunc fecere librum', is of 13th century. (Pächt and Alexander ii. 21)

Large initials (fols. 1v, 22, 39v, etc.). Plain red capitals, some slightly ornamental (fols. 135v, 136, 139v, 143, 147, 155v, 184v, 198v, etc.); spaces left for large initials (fols. 1v, 22, 39v, etc.).


Origin: 11th century, later - 12th century, early, with 12th century additions ; Italian, Brescia, cathedral church

Provenance and Acquisition

The books can be ascribed to the cathedral because of rubrics on fol. 20, 21v, 22.

The note: Presbiter Ofredus et Mancafaxia fratres. Quos de Giuberto peperit patre Florida mater. Hunc fecere librum. Memor esto (fol. 284v) occurs on the last leaf of the additional quire and does not refer to the main part of the volume. The other additions (on 1, 284v) do.

Bought by Magister Paulus from Guiscard, bishop of Bergamo (1272–80), fol. 1

Given by Paulus to Petrus de Cavacenis, priest of the church of St Mary, Vertova, 1298, fol. 284v.

Seems later to have belonged to the church 'sancti Stephani de Gropella'.

Record Sources

Adapted (2018) from S. J. P. Van Dijk, Handlist of the Latin Liturgical Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library Oxford Vol. 1: Mass Books (part A), vol. 2: Office Books (part B) (typescript, 1957), Pächt and Alexander, and the Summary Catalogue (1897).


Last Substantive Revision

2017-07-01: First online publication.