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MS. Canon. Liturg. 371

Summary Catalogue no.: 19455


Missal, Use of Rome

Calendar (fol. 1): temporale (fol. 7) with general rubrics (fol. 114v) and order of the mass (fol. 115: Paratus sacerdos); sanctorale (175); common of the saints and the dedication (fol. 221); votive masses (fol. 242) and some masses not belonging to this series (fol. 262v); marriage mass (fol. 263); blessings (fol. 264v).

After the prefaces are added (early 16th century) the prayers for the mass In translatione beati Marci et inventione corporis eius.

Language(s): Latin

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment
Extent: 2 + 265 (266) + 2 fol.
Dimensions (leaf): 328 × 240 mm.
Dimensions (written): 215 × 147 mm.


2 col. of 32 lines

Musical Notation:

Square notation on 5 staves.


Fine historiated borders.

Fine initials.

Related to the style of Leonardo Bellini. (Pächt and Alexander ii. 511, pl. XLIX)


16th century or 17th century, Italian: wood boards, narrow inside bevel; red velvet, plain except for double parallel lines of sewn thread near fore-edge, with bolt-edging of yellow fabric visible at turn-ins; traces of two strap-and-pin fastenings with lost red fabric straps running from grooves in front boards to pins over halfway across back; spine nearly lost; four large brass corner-pieces and a centrepiece, all with boss-like domes, scalloped edges and embossed interlace decoration, surviving on each cover; edges gilt, gauffered. 345 × 242–245 × c. 93 mm. (book closed).

Rust-holes at fol. 265 indicate two fore-edge clasps of a previous binding, from which the surviving metalwork could have been carried over.


Origin: 15th century, third quarter ; Italian, Venice

Provenance and Acquisition

Perhaps for a church of St. Michael; see fols. 7, 213v.

Record Sources

Adapted (2018) from S. J. P. Van Dijk, Handlist of the Latin Liturgical Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library Oxford (typescript) Vol. 1: Mass Books; Pächt and Alexander; and the Summary Catalogue. 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)


Last Substantive Revision

2020-08-20: Binding description revised.