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)

Last Substantive Revision

2020-07-24: Binding description added.