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MS. Canon. Liturg. 386

Summary Catalogue no.: 19468


Missal, Use of Rome

Calendar (fol. 1); temporale (fol. 7), with general rubrics (fol. 125v) and prefaces on music (fol. 127); sanctorale (fol. 198); common of the saints and the dedication (fol. 256); votive masses (fol. 275v); marriage mass (fol. 307v); blessing of holy water (fol. 309) and other blessings.

Language(s): Latin

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment
Extent: ii + 310 + ii fol.
Dimensions (leaf): 389 × 288 mm.
Dimensions (written): 240 × 174 mm.


All parts badly damaged. Many leaves missing or damaged by cuttings of initials and miniatures.


2 col. of 24 lines.

Musical Notation:

Square notation on 8 staves of 4 red lines.


Fine borders, historiated and other initials (badly mutilated), by the Master of the Vatican Theophylact/of the Della Rovere missals. Fine penwork borders. (Pächt and Alexander ii. 362, pl. XXXIV)


Origin: 15th century, end ; Italian, Rome

Provenance and Acquisition

Perhaps written for use in the diocese of Siena: liturgical evidence in the calendar (15 May, 12 October, 30 October, 1 December, 3 December), although none of the patron saints of the city itself (St. Ansanus, St. Victor) are in red.

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.