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

MS. Canon. Liturg. 49

Summary Catalogue no.: 19249


Psalter with Hours (Bridgettine Use)
Language(s): Latin and Italian

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment


16th century, Italian: thin wood boards; polished dark red leather of fine quality, gilt-tooled with lines, stamps, and Latin mottoes in capitals from Song of Songs 2.5, ‘Fulcite me floribus …’ (front) and 2.2, ‘Sicut lilium inter spinas …’ (back), each ending with monogrammed letters ‘[.S.] MAF . ND.’; gilt oval centrepieces, the one at the back painted with a chequered pattern (armorial?); gilt edges; spine with gilt lines and a single tool in each panel; two clasps, one strap surviving, of matching leather tooled with gilt lines. Rebacked, original spine re-laid, 20th century, Bodleian. 169–170 × 115 × c. 45 mm. (book closed).


Origin: 15th century ; Italian, Florence (?)

Record Sources

Summary description based on Elizabeth Solopova, Latin Liturgical Psalters in the Bodleian Library: A Select Catalogue (Oxford, 2013), pp. 603–7. 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). Previously described in the Summary Catalogue.


    Printed descriptions:

    S. J. P. van Dijk, Latin Liturgical Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library, Oxford, vol. 2: Office Books (typescript, 1957), p. 36b, 37

Last Substantive Revision

2020-07-24: Binding description added.