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

MS. Canon. Liturg. 385

Summary Catalogue no.: 19467



Augustinian and Franciscan

Kalendar (fol. 1), copied from an Augustinian exemplar, with Genoese saints; temporale (fol. 7) with general rubrics (fol. 135v) and the order of the mass (fol. 136v: Indutus planeta); sanctorale (fol. 206); common of the saints and the dedication (fol. 257v); votive masses (fol. 284); some later additions (fol. 306v). The missal has been copied from a Franciscan exemplar and has no local feasts.

Language(s): Latin

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment
Extent: i + 306 (307) + i fol.
Dimensions (leaf): 381 × 250 mm.
Dimensions (written): 245 × 160 mm.


2 col. of 30 lines

Musical Notation:

Square notation on mostly 9 long staves of 3 red lines.


Fine miniature, border, historiated and other initials. Close in style tot he Bible, Rome, Bibl. Rossiana, MS. 183. Decoration related to that in in Bentivoglio Bible, Baltimore Walters Art Gallery, W. 151 (formerly H. Y. Thompson MS. 4). (Pächt and Alexander ii. 92, pl. IX)

Some coloured initials (fols. 17, 155, 168, 206, 250, 254), the title page with coloured borders (fol. 7); the beginning of the canon (fol. 151v) with a crucifixion.


Origin: 13th century, end ; Italian, North, Genoa (?)

Provenance and Acquisition

The consecration of St. Lawrence’s cathedral (Genoa (?)), is on 10 October, that of Notre-Dame des Doms at Avignon on 8 October.

Record Sources

Adapted (2018) from S. J. P. Van Dijk, Handlist of the Latin Liturgical Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library Oxford Vol. 1: Mass Books, Pächt and Alexander, and the Summary Catalogue (1897).

Digital Images

Digital Bodleian (4 images from 35mm slides)


Last Substantive Revision

2017-07-01: First online publication.