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A Roman Breviary, Written in 1470 in North Italy by Andreas

MS. Canon. Liturg. 383
Held at the Weston Library

  • Request

A Roman Breviary, consisting of:

  1. A calendar (fol. 1)
  2. 'Psalterium secundum consuetudinem Romane curie' (fol. 7)
  3. Proprium de Tempore (fol. 59: wanting the first leaf)
  4. Proprium ('festiuitates') Sanctorum (fol. 258a)
  5. 'Commune Sanctorum' with smaller offices (fol. 404v)

The illuminations are fine, often in medallion form, comprising miniatures (large at fol. 258a), borders, and capitals.


  • Creation: Written in 1470 in North Italy by Andreas


438 Leaves

Language of Materials

  • Latin


MS. Canon. Liturg. 383

Other Finding Aids

Falconer Madan, et al., A summary catalogue of western manuscripts in the Bodleian Library at Oxford which have not hitherto been catalogued in the Quarto series (7 vols. in 8 [vol. II in 2 parts], Oxford, 1895-1953; reprinted, with corrections in vols. I and VII, Munich, 1980), vol. IV, no. 19465

Custodial History

A Latin elegiac poem of 24 lines on fol. 436 states that the book was written and illuminated in A.D. 1470 for 'Joannes Baptista' de Girardis (Gherardo), born at Bologna, canon of St. Peter's at Rome: mr. J, W. Bradley (manuscript note in book, cf. his Dict, of Miniaturists, i. 259) conjectures that the illuminations are by Girolamo da Cremona, who worked at Siena. 'Andreas minimus' is on fol. 436 in the hand of the scribe.

In the Maffei Pinelli sale (1789) this MS. was no. 12820 (the poem is printed in the catalogue, with a full description): there bought for £32 6s. by -- Kearney. 'Canonici' is on the (recent) back of the binding.


  • See Frere, Bibl. Mus.-Liturg. , p. 23.

Physical Facet

On parchment, in double columns, illuminated, see below, binding, red velvet on boards, back, leather, recent.


14 1/2 × 10 1/2 in.

Repository Details

Part of the Bodleian Libraries Repository

Weston Library
Broad Street
Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom