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

MS. Canon. Liturg. 388

Summary Catalogue no.: 19470


Breviary, Use of Rome (Augustinian)

Calendar (fol. 1), Proprium de Tempore (fol. 7), Psalter with canticles, etc. (fol. 187), 'Hymni tam dominicales quam festiui' (fol. 244v), Proprium ('festiuitates') Sanctorum, with minor offices (foL 267).

Language(s): Latin

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment
Extent: iii + 438 leaves
Dimensions (binding): 16 × 11.5 in.


2 cols.


Fine historiated borders.

Fine other borders.

Fine initials. By Frate Nebridio. (Pächt and Alexander ii. 735, pl. LXXI)


16th century, first half, Italian, bound perhaps for the Armellini family [of Venice?] (fol. ir): wood boards, inside bevel. Polished red leather, decorated on each cover with blind lines and an all-over gilt design: a solid frame with corner-pieces, around a lozenge shape made up of single curved lines (oriental style?) and a centrepiece of two interlocking squares. Inside bevels finished with multiple blind lines; spine lost; traces of four lost clasps with leather straps; edges gilt, gauffered. Reback in brown leather, with gilt lines, small stamps, and gilt red-leather label, 18th century, Italian; second reback in red leather, 20th century, Bodleian. 405–7 × 268–272 × c. 117–18 mm. (book closed).


Origin: 15th century, third quarter ; Italian, Lombardy or Bologna (?)

Provenance and Acquisition

Made probably for an Augustinian house in Venice.

'Armellinae familiae' (16th cent), fol. i: Armellini family of Venice. A note on the family by Canonici is at fol. ii.

Matteo Luigi Canonici, 1727–1805

Giuseppe Canonici, -1807

Purchased by the Bodleian in 1817

Record Sources

Description adapted (March 2021) from the following sources:
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) [binding]
Otto Pächt and J. J. G. Alexander, Illuminated Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library, Oxford , II (1970), no. 735 [decoration, date, origin, provenance]
The Summary Catalogue (1897) [contents, physical description, provenance, acquisition]


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Digital Images

Digital Bodleian (24 images from 35mm slides)


    Printed descriptions:

    Tammaro de Marinis, La legatura artistica in Italia nei secoli XV e XVI, 3 vols., Florence 1960, II no. 2267 bis (under Venice).
    S. J. P. van Dijk, Latin Liturgical Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library, Oxford, vol. 2: Office Books (typescript, 1957), p. 248

Last Substantive Revision

2021-03: Description revised to incorporate all information in SC and Pächt and Alexander

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