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MS. Canon. Liturg. 384

Summary Catalogue no.: 19466


Missal, Use of Rome

Calendar (fol. 1); temporale (fol. 7) with general rubrics (fol. 131) and the order of the mass (fol. 131v: Paratus sacerdos); sanctorale (fol. 196); common of the saints and the dedication (fol. 251); votive masses (fol. 277); mass of the dead with the sequences Dies irae and Homo natus in hoc mundo (fol. 294); masses of the Transfiguration (fol. 299) and St. Augustine (fol. 300); some blessings added (fol. 301v). Intonations of Gloria etc. after the prefaces (fol. 142).

Language(s): Latin

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment
Extent: i + 2 + 301 + 1 + i fol.
Dimensions (leaf): 392 × 280 mm.
Dimensions (written): 237 × 172 mm.


2 col. of 32 lines.

Musical Notation:

Square notation on 8 staves of 3 red lines.


Good miniature, historiated and other borders and initials. By the same hand as MS. Canon. Liturg. 273, Vienna Nat. Bibl. Cod. s.n. 3783, and Padua Basilica Sant'Antonio MS. N. 88, cf. also Vienna Nat. Bibl. Cod. 593, written by Orabonus of Vicenza in 1454. (Pächt and Alexander ii. 529, pl. L)

Many coloured initials, some with coloured borders. Full-page borders at the beginning (fol. 7), a full-page crucifixion at the beginning of the canon (fol. 143v).


Origin: 15th century, third quarter ; Italian, Veneto

Provenance and Acquisition

The missal was written for a religious house of an Order the members of which are represented several times (205, 218v, 247 and 160, 163, 209v, 221v, 223, 238, 293). Their habit, scapular and half-length mantle with hood are white. The stiff collar of the habit is close-fitting, the scapular caught at the waist.

St. Felix in the litany (fol. 128) and St. Florian in the kalendar (4 May), perhaps suggesting Vicenza.

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.

Digital Images

Digital Bodleian (4 images from 35mm slides)


Last Substantive Revision

2017-07-01: First online publication.