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MS. Canon. Liturg. 8

Summary Catalogue no.: 19223


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

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment


Fine historiated borders.

Fine initials.

Fine penwork borders. Artist identifiable as Leonardo Bellini, nephew of Jacopo. (Pächt and Alexander ii. 510, pl. XLVIII)


16th century or 17th century?, Italian: wood boards; red velvet, badly worn; traces of lost metal corner-pieces, centrepieces and scalloped borders, possibly a frame for a girdle binding (cf. MS. Canon. Liturg. 237, same provenance); edges gilt, gauffered, after trimming.

18th century, Italian, Venice, for Jacopo Soranzo: paste-downs and flyleaves of carta bassanese, added after removal of the metal fittings. 135 × 98 × c. 47 mm. (book closed).


Origin: 15th century, third quarter ; Italian, Venice

Provenance and Acquisition

Made for an Augustinian canoness of the Santa Maria delle Vergini in Venice.

Record Sources

Summary description based on Elizabeth Solopova, Latin Liturgical Psalters in the Bodleian Library: A Select Catalogue (Oxford, 2013), pp. 527–31. Previously described in the Summary Catalogue. 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 (8 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. 106

Last Substantive Revision

2020-07-24: Binding description added.