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

MS. Canon. Liturg. 99

Summary Catalogue no.: 19258


Book of Hours, Use of Bourges
Language(s): Latin and Middle French

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment
Musical Notation:

Notation on staves (see van Dijk 1957).


Good miniatures.

Good borders.

Good initials. By various hands. (Pächt and Alexander i. 813, pl. LX)


16th century?, French?, perhaps not the original binding since the edges are trimmed too close to and badly cropping the major illuminations: wood boards with inside bevel. Re-covered with new red velvet, late 19th or 20th century, Bodleian; the earlier plain red velvet covering and worn spine are preserved inside, showing traces of two lost fore-edge clasps (filigree?). Edges gilt, with possible faint traces of gauffering; paste-downs and endleaves of coarse, 16th-century paper. 216 × c. 135–6 × c. 45 mm. (book closed).


Origin: c. 1500 ; French, Bourges

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 (12 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. 40b

Last Substantive Revision

2020-07-24: Binding description added.