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MS. Canon. Liturg. 374

Summary Catalogue no.: 19457


Missal, Use of Rome

Calendar (fol. 1); temporale (fol. 7), imperfect at the beginning, with general rubrics (fol. 119v) and the order of the mass (fol. 120v: Paratus sacerdos); sanctorale (fol. 182v); common of the saints and the dedication (fol. 225); votive masses (fol. 249v); marriage mass (fol. 269v); blessings (fol. 270), the last of which is that of holy water. Intonations of Gloria etc. after the prefaces (fol. 127).

Language(s): Latin

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment
Extent: i + 272 + i fol.
Dimensions (leaf): 330 × 230 mm.
Dimensions (written): 203 × 132 mm.


2 col. of 31 lines

Musical Notation:

Square notation on 8 long staves of 4 red lines.


Coloured initials for the feasts of the Virgin, St. Lawrence and All Saints; at the beginning of the canon an initial with Christ standing in the tomb (fol. 128v).


Origin: 15th century, second half ; Italian, perhaps Vicenza

Provenance and Acquisition

The evidence in favour of Vicenza is not very strong. Though all the feasts with a local or regional cult are to be found in the kalendar of Aquileia, the fact that they can also be explained as centred in and around Vicenza seems to agree rather with the actual appearance of the manuscript. Vicenza (20 August), Vicenza, Padua (14 August), Vicenza, Veneto (12 July), Verona (9 August).

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. Previously described in the Summary Catalogue.

Last Substantive Revision

2017-07-01: First online publication.