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

MS. Canon. Misc. 336

Summary Catalogue no.: 19812


Order for admission of nuns.
Language(s): Latin

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment


15th century, late, or 16th century (as MS., Croatian or Italian?): wood boards, narrow inside tooled bevel; reddish-brown leather, tooled with blind quintuple lines, blind and gilt floral stamps, and a small circular gilt centrepiece with ‘yh’s’ monogram on each cover; spine cross-hatched with blind lines; four clasps (three surviving), with straps of similar leather. Spine repaired with new leather and inside joints strengthened, 20th century?, Bodleian. 225–8 × 153–5 × c. 15 mm. (book closed). The text was later adapted for the Convento di Sant’Andrea on Rab Island (Arbe), off the Croatian coast, but perhaps first made and bound for the Benedictine nuns of St. Mary’s, Zadar, on the mainland.


Origin: 16th century

Provenance and Acquisition

Matteo Luigi Canonici, 1727–1805

Giuseppe Canonici , -1807

Purchased by the Bodleian in 1817

Record Sources

Summary description abbreviated from the Quarto Catalogue (H. O. Coxe, Catalogi codicum manuscriptorum Bibliothecæ Bodleianæ pars tertia codices Græcos et Latinos Canonicianos complectens, Quarto Catalogues III, 1854). 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:

    S. J. P. van Dijk, Latin Liturgical Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library, Oxford, vol. 3: Rituals and Directories (typescript, 1957), p. 75

Last Substantive Revision

2020-09-14: Binding description added.