Summary Catalogue no.: 18926
Fine historiated initials.
Other initials. (P&A ii. 53, pl. V)
15th century, late, Italian, Florence; wood boards; dark brown leather with blind and gilt strapwork tooling, including palmette and anthemion stamps; four small domed corner-bosses on each cover and two fore-edge clasps with brown leather straps, mostly extant; spine with original blind cross-hatching (quadruple lines) and added (18th-century) gilt roll and labels in red and green leather. Endleaves of parchment cannibalized from a Latin commentary on Persius, ?14th century, Italian. 295-296 × 197-198 × c. 58-60 mm. (book closed).
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). Decoration, localization and date follow Pächt and Alexander (1970). 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).
Tammaro de Marinis, La legatura artistica in Italia nei secoli XV e XVI, 3 vols., Florence 1960, III no. 2953 bis, Tav. DXIX (under Naples)
Anthony Hobson, Humanists and bookbinders: the origins and diffusion of the humanistic bookbinding 1459-1559 …, Cambridge 1989, pp. 24-5 (binding ascribed to a Florentine workshop)
Last Substantive Revision
2020-04: Binding description added.