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

MS. Canon. Liturg. 63

Summary Catalogue no.: 19251


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. 616, pl. XLVI)


16th century, late, or 17th century, Italian?: pasteboards; dark brown polished leather, tooled with blind and gilt lines, a gilt frame and corner-pieces, and gilt centrepieces of the Crucified Christ (front) or Virgin and Child (back), each amidst gilt stars; spine with blind and gilt lines and a gilt stamp; remains of two clasps with (lost) straps of similar gilt leather; edges gilt, gauffered (worn). Sewn on five double cords (medieval sewing?). Top of spine repaired with new leather, 20th century?, Bodleian. 147–150 × c. 100 × c. 45–8 mm. (book closed).


Origin: 14th century, end ; French, Paris

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 (1 image 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. 202

Last Substantive Revision

2020-07-24: Binding description added.