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MS. Canon. Liturg. 9

Summary Catalogue no.: 19224


Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment


Good border.

Good historiated initial. Completed in 1526, fol. 202v, in the original hand. (Pächt and Alexander ii. 1005, pl. LXXXIII)


16th century, Italian (as MS., made for a Benedictine nun): wood boards; dark red leather, decorated with blind and gilt multiple lines, small gilt stamps, and gilt centrepieces (‘IHS’ with cross, 3 nails and crown of thorns, in a double oval); remnants of two clasps with surviving scallop-shell shaped brass catch-plates and lost brown-leather straps; gilt gauffered edges. Rebacked, later 19th century, for Bodleian (stamped ‘LEVERS’), with fragment of original spine preserved at inside front cover. 140–141 × 93 × c. 40 mm. (book closed).


Origin: 1526 ; Italian, diocese of Florence

Record Sources

Summary description based on Elizabeth Solopova, Latin Liturgical Psalters in the Bodleian Library: A Select Catalogue (Oxford, 2013), pp. 625–8. 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).


    Printed descriptions:

    A. Watson, Catalogue of Dated and Datable Manuscripts in Oxford Libraries (1984), no. 254
    S. J. P. van Dijk, Latin Liturgical Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library, Oxford, vol. 2: Office Books (typescript, 1957), p. 28

Last Substantive Revision

2020-07-24: Binding description added.