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

MS. Canon. Liturg. 91

Summary Catalogue no.: 19255


Book of Hours, Use of Rome
Language(s): Latin

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment


Fine miniatures.

Fine borders.

Fine initials. Related to the Master of the Golden Scrolls and the Master of Guillebert de Metz. (Pächt and Alexander i. 317, pl. XXV)


16th century, late, or 17th century, French or Italian?: thin wood boards; red leather, gilt-tooled with lines, floral rolls and stamps to form elaborate frames for sunburst centrepieces of the Crucified Christ (front) or Virgin and Child (back); spine similarly elaborate but without title or label; traces of two small clasps at fore-edge, all fittings removed; edges gilt, but no clear signs of gauffering. 212 × 155 × c. 40 mm. (book closed).


Origin: 15th century, middle ; Flemish

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 (17 images 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. 273

Last Substantive Revision

2020-07-24: Binding description added.