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

MS. Canon. Liturg. 378

Summary Catalogue no.: 19461


Psalter (Carthusian)
Language(s): Latin

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment
Musical Notation:

Notation on staves (see van Dijk 1957).


Fine borders.

Fine historiated initials.

Fine other initials. (Pächt and Alexander ii. 688, pl. LXVII).

By the Master of the Modena Hours (Tomasino da Vimercate (?)).


16th century, late, or 17th century, Italian (MS. made for the Garegnano Charterhouse nr. Milan), not the first binding as illuminations and a 16th-century table (fol. 221r) are trimmed: wood boards, rounded outside bevel; brown leather, blind-tooled with multiple lines and with indistinct small centrepieces of a Virgin and Child on crescent moon, in an upright oval within floral tooling; spine lost; traces of two fore-edge clasps with broad straps (lost), perhaps of brown leather on a whiter core, and of 4+1 lost bosses with scalloped edges on each cover, the central bosses once obscuring the centrepieces; edges plain. Perhaps modified later, before reback dated 1958, Bodleian. 345–347 × 233–236 × c. 83–85 mm. (book closed).


Origin: Late 14th or early 15th century (before 1405?) ; Italian, Milan (?)

Record Sources

Summary description based on Elizabeth Solopova, Latin Liturgical Psalters in the Bodleian Library: A Select Catalogue (Oxford, 2013), pp. 489–93. Previously described in 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 (30 images from 35mm slides)


    Printed descriptions:

    S. J. P. van Dijk, Latin Liturgical Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library, Oxford, vol. 2: Office Books (typescript, 1957), p. 124

Last Substantive Revision

2020-08-20: Binding description added.