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MS. Canon. Liturg. 389

Summary Catalogue no.: 19471


Missal, Franciscan

Kalendar (fol. 1); temporale (fol. 7) with general rubrics (fol. 101v) and order of the mass (fol. 102: Paratus sacerdos); sanctorale (fol. 149); common of the saints and the dedication (fol. 189v); votive masses (fol. 210); Gloria, Credo; blessing of holy water (fol. 230); proser without music (fol. 231); added masses of the Visitation of the Virgin and the Transfiguration of our Lord in different hands.

Language(s): Latin

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment
Extent: ii + 237 + ii fol., a leaf torn out before the canon (after fol. 107)
Dimensions (leaf): 384 × 280 mm.
Dimensions (written): 246 × 177 mm.


2 col. of 29 lines

Musical Notation:

Square notation on 10 staves of 4 red lines.


Fine borders.

Fine historiated initials.

Fine other initials. (Pächt and Alexander i. 302, pl. XXIV)


An early binding, covered over in the 18th century but disinterred in 1919 and further repaired in 1948:

15th century, later, or early 16th century, Italian: wood boards, inside bevel; sewn on seven double cords of tawed leather; dark brown leather, blind-tooled with multiple lines, stamps and strapwork to form on each cover a panel with a central strapwork cross on a base; spine lost; traces of four clasps with broad straps, all lost; edges gilt, gauffered.

(Temporary rebinding) 18th century, Italian: probably a half-leather binding (any new leather since lost), with sides of red paper with a combed pattern (cf. MS. Canon. Gr. 54), overlaying the old leather.

(Restoration) 20th century, 1919, Bodleian: ‘The coloured sheets now inserted as fly-leaves were pasted over the original leather binding. They were taken off on April 16, 1919. | R.H.H[ill] | 17.IV.19.’ (added slip at front). Rebacked then or more likely in 1948, preserving 18th-century title-label.

(Further repairs) 20th century, 1948, Bodleian: signed at lower inside edge of back board ‘L.F[ifield]. 20.4.’48’. 403–405 × 294–295 × c. 100–104 mm. (book closed).


Origin: c. 1400 ; Flemish

Provenance and Acquisition

In the kalendar the feast of St. Blaise (3 February) is in red.

Folios added in Italy, 15th cent.

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). 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 (5 images from 35mm slides)


Last Substantive Revision

2020-08-20: Binding description added.