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MS. Canon. Liturg. 380

Summary Catalogue no.: 19463


Missal, Use of Rome

Calendar (fol. 1); temporale (fol. 7) with general rubrics (fol. 127v) and order of the mass (fol. 128: Paratus sacerdos); sanctorale (fol. 190); common of the saints and the dedication (fol. 242); votive masses (fol. 267v); blessing of holy water (fol. 288); blessing of a mother with the marriage mass (289); other blessings (fol. 291); Intonations of Gloria etc. after the prefaces. The kalendar does not cover the sanctorale.

Language(s): Latin

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment
Extent: i + 1 + 291 + 1 + i fol.
Dimensions (leaf): 348 × 253 mm.
Dimensions (written): 235 × 158 mm.


2 col. of 34 lines

Musical Notation:

Square notation on 9 staves of 4 red lines.


Fine border (fol. 7), historiated and other initials. (Pächt and Alexander ii.630, pl. LXI)


Origin: 1436 ; Italian, Verona

Provenance and Acquisition

'Explicit missale … Sub anno domino Mº.ccccº.xxxvjº. die vij mensis Januarij. Per me Wy. Esser (?). Deo gratias.' (fol. 288). Not noticed in Watson, Dated and datable manuscripts in Oxford libraries.

Though the manuscript was written in 1436 during the pontificate of Eugene IV, the Bidding Prayers on Good Friday (102v) mentions a pope B, i.e. either Benedict VIII (Sept.-Oct. 1394) or Boniface IX (1389–1404), and the emperor S[igismund], (d. 1436), while the Exultet (111) includes the invocation for a pope M., who was Martin V, 1417–31.

Perhaps written for the Benedictine monastery of San Zeno. Both the monastic and Verona origin are sufficiently clear from the kalendar: 21 March and 11 July; see 10 February, 29 April, 20 August, 23 March, 12 April, 22–3 May, 8 December; see 7 January, 1 May, 14–6 May, etc.

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.


Last Substantive Revision

2017-07-01: First online publication.