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

MS. Canon. Liturg. 72

Summary Catalogue no.: 19252


Psalter (portable psalter with antiphons)
Language(s): Latin

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment


Fine historiated borders.

Fine initials. The frontispiece closely related to the style of the Master of the Aristotle, pr. Andrea Torresani, 1483, Jacometto Veneziano (?) (Pächt and Alexander ii. 559, pl. LII)


17th century ?, Italian: pasteboards?; red velvet (spine very worn), plain, possibly overlying an earlier decorated cover; impress-marks on the fabric of each cover from two semi-circular filigree clasp-fittings and four circular bosses, all removed; edges gilt, gauffered. 174–175 × 121 × c. 42–44 mm. (book closed).

15th century, Italian (as MS.?): paste-downs and flyleaves of purple parchment, presumably inherited from the original binding.

18th century, Italian: further paste-downs (pasted over the purple) and flyleaves of fine ‘Dutch gilt paper’, block-printed in gold on a green ground with floral and interlace patterns including birds, vases, etc., added in Italy probably after the removal of the metalwork.


Origin: c. 1470–1480 ; Italian, Venice

Record Sources

Summary description based on Elizabeth Solopova, Latin Liturgical Psalters in the Bodleian Library: A Select Catalogue (Oxford, 2013), pp. 595–9. 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.

Digital Images

Digital Bodleian (2 images from 35mm slides)


    Printed descriptions:

    S. J. P. van Dijk, Latin Liturgical Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library, Oxford, vol. 2: Office Books (typescript, 1957), p. 6

Last Substantive Revision

2020-07-24: Binding description added.