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

MS. Canon. Liturg. 55

Summary Catalogue no.: 19250


Book of Hours, Use of Rome
Language(s): Latin

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment


Good miniatures.

Good borders.

Good initials. (Pächt and Alexander i. 811)


16th century, French?: pasteboards; brown leather, tooled with blind and gilt lines and an all-over design of gilt interlaced ribbon-work; at the centre of each cover, gilt letters ‘I B’; spine with gilt lines and a small gilt pattern at the centre of each panel, no title or label; no traces of clasps or ties; edges gilt, gauffered. Rebacked in lighter leather, 20th century, Bodleian, original spine re-laid. 158–159 × 105–107 × c. 40 mm. (book closed).


Origin: c. 1500 ; French

Record Sources

Summary description abbreviated from the Summary Catalogue (1897). Decoration, localization and date follow Pächt and Alexander (1966). 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 (3 images from 35mm slides)


    Printed descriptions:

    S. J. P. van Dijk, Latin Liturgical Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library, Oxford, vol. 4: Books of Hours (typescript, 1957), p. 215

Last Substantive Revision

2020-07-24: Binding description added.