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

MS. Canon. Liturg. 383

Summary Catalogue no.: 19465


Breviary, Use of Rome
Language(s): Latin

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment
Extent: 437 + i fols.
Dimensions (leaf): 350 × 250 mm.


2 cols., 35 lines, column space 208 × 70 mm.


Fine borders on fols. 1–19.

Fine historiated initials on fols. 1–19.

Fine other initials on fols. 1–19. (Pächt and Alexander ii. 396, pl. XXXVIII).

Important miniature by Jean Fouquet (?), fol. 258a.

Historiated borders on fols. 20–438.

Historiated initials on fols. 20–438.

Other initials on fols. 20–438.

Partly in the style of Fouquet, partly imitations by an Italian (?). (Pächt and Alexander i. 720, pl. LVI)


16th century or 17th century?, Italian: wood boards; red velvet, worn, and plain after loss of all metalwork; traces of four broad straps, of four large filigree corner-pieces and of an oval centrepiece (? armorial) over the velvet on each cover; edges gilt, gauffered, somewhat uneven (? after resewing); velvet spine lost. Rebacked in red leather, later 19th century (‘recent’ in 1897), Bodleian. 365–366 × 255–258 × c. 100–105 mm. (book closed).


Origin: 1470 ; Italian, Ferrara (fols. 1–19); ; French

Record Sources

Summary description abbreviated from the Summary Catalogue (1897). Decoration, localization and date follow Pächt and Alexander (1966). 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 (12 images from 35mm slides)


    Printed descriptions:

    A. Watson, Catalogue of Dated and Datable Manuscripts in Oxford Libraries (1984), no. 282
    S. J. P. van Dijk, Latin Liturgical Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library, Oxford, vol. 2: Office Books (typescript, 1957), p. 259

Last Substantive Revision

2024-05: Add extent, leaf dimensions and layout from Watson, Dated and Datable.