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MS. Canon. Liturg. 382

Summary Catalogue no.: 19464


Missal, Use of Rome

Calendar (fol. 1); intonations of Kyrie, Gloria, Ite missa est, etc. (fol. 7); Gloria and Credo (fol. 8); temporale (fol. 9) with general rubrics (fol. 117) and order of the mass (fol. 117v: Indutus planeta); sanctorale (fol. 185) with masses of St. Felicitas (fol. 212v) and the Three Patriarchs (fol. 227v); common of the saints and the dedication (fol. 234); votive masses (fol. 257); blessing of holy water (fol. 279) and other blessings.

Language(s): Latin

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment
Extent: i + 280 + i fol.
Dimensions (leaf): 350 × 257 mm.
Dimensions (written): 215 × 160 mm.


2 col. of 30 lines, 20 mm. between the columns.

Musical Notation:

Square notation on 8 long staves of 4 red lines.


Fine miniatures, historiated borders and initials. Fine penwork initials. (Pächt and Alexander ii. 168, pl. XV)

Coloured and historiated initials, borders and marginal miniatures (fols. 9, 17v, 23, 137, 148, 213, 217v, 222); a full-page crucifixion on a gold ground and within borders (fol. 132v).


A composite binding of older boards, reused:

Medieval or later, Italian: wood boards, with two broad slots for missing clasp-straps at upper board’s fore-edge; edges gilt, gauffered, before the resewing.

(rebinding) 18th century, Italian, Venice, Canonici era: boards reused; red leather obscuring the slots, decorated with a thin gilt roll round the edges, otherwise plain; spine with gilt lines and a gilt green-leather label; no clasps in this configuration; marbled paste-downs. 357–360 × 257–259 × c. 85–90 mm. (book closed).


Origin: 14th century, middle ; Italian, Florence

Provenance and Acquisition

Benedictine abbey of S. Felicita, Florence: translation of S. Felicita added in red to calendar (25 September). In the sanctorale her mass is embellished with borders, etc.

Matteo Luigi Canonici.

Giuseppe Canonici.

Purchased by the Bodleian in 1817.

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 (5 images from 35mm slides)


Last Substantive Revision

2020-08-20: Binding description added.