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

MS. Canon. Liturg. 379

Summary Catalogue no.: 19462

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment
Musical Notation:

Notation on staves (see van Dijk 1957).


18th century, after 1722, Italian, either an archaizing binding all of that date, or a major resewing and rebind incorporating elements from an earlier binding; each of the two parts (from the church of S. Miniato fra le Torri, Florence) had lost leaves at its end before this binding’s resewing. Wood boards, outside edges rounded; brown leather, blind-tooled with multiple lines and a thin roll to form an empty central panel; spine plain except for quadruple lines around the five cords, no label; no clear signs of clasps; traces of 4+1 large circular bosses on each cover, all lost; endleaf watermarks dated 1722; edges stained yellow. 367–368 × 234–237 × c. 63 mm. (book closed).

MS. Canon. Liturg. 379 – Part 1


1. fols. 1–20
Office Lectionary
Language(s): Latin

Physical Description


Fine borders, historiated initials on fols. 1–20. Related to the style of Zanobi Strozzi. Written in 1452 by Leonardo Francisci de Orto, rector of the church of San Miniato fra le Torri, fol. 16v, as an addition to an earlier Breviary. (Pächt and Alexander ii. 261, pl. XXIV)


Origin: 1452 ; Italian, Florence

MS. Canon. Liturg. 379 – Part 2


2. fols. 21–164
Language(s): Latin


Origin: c. 1300 ; Italian

Additional Information

Record Sources

Summary description abbreviated from the Summary Catalogue (1897). Decoration, localization and date follow Pächt and Alexander (1970), with additional reference to published literature as cited in the description. 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:

    A. Watson, Catalogue of Dated and Datable Manuscripts in Oxford Libraries (1984), no. 281 (fols. 1-20)
    S. J. P. van Dijk, Latin Liturgical Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library, Oxford, vol. 2: Office Books (typescript, 1957), p. 234
    S. J. P. van Dijk, Latin Liturgical Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library, Oxford, vol. 6: Fragments - Office Books, Rituals, Directories (typescript, 1957), p. 151

Last Substantive Revision

2020-08-20: Binding description added.