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

MS. Canon. Misc. 490

Summary Catalogue no.: 19966


Language(s): Latin

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment


Pächt and Alexander i. 90:

Good initials on fols. 1–153, 161–211. Good initials added 15th century, first half, fols. 227-end.


16th century or 17th century, Austrian or Swiss, archaizing style, on a volume for lectern use: thick wood boards, bevelled; pigskin, blind-tooled with lines, stamps and roll; two extant strap-and-pin clasps, pigskin straps running from back edge to front cover with animal-headed metal catches (perhaps earlier and re-used); marks of 4+1 large lost bosses on each cover; paste-downs from homiletic fragments in 12th-century scripts similar to the main manuscript. The leaves of this massive volume show much staining in the lower margins, evidently from repeated handling over a long period. Title added in ink on spine, 18th century, Italian. c. 472 × c. 313–315 × c. 118 mm. (book closed).


Origin: 12th century, second half; added decoration, 15th century, first half ; Austria or Switzerland

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 (1854). 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).


    Printed descriptions:

    S. J. P. van Dijk, Latin Liturgical Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library, Oxford, vol. 2: Office Books (typescript, 1957), p. 169

Last Substantive Revision

2020-09-14: Binding description added.