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

MS. Canon. Ital. 104

Summary Catalogue no.: 20156


Dante, Divine comedy
Language(s): Italian

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: paper


18th century, Italian, in archaizing style: wood boards, square-cut but ill-fitting, left bare; plain quarter-binding of reddish-brown leather, undecorated; a 4-leaf quire of blank paper added at each end, with ‘prelate’s hat’ watermark; no clasps; edges plain; paper label with ink title on spine (cf. MSS. Canon. Ital. 27 and 95). Boards and spine show some worm-damage. 394–397 × 274–280 × c. 31–32 mm. (book closed).


Origin: 15th century ; Italian

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 (A. Mortara, Catalogo dei manoscritti italiani che sotto la denominazione di Codici Canoniciani Italici si conservano nella Biblioteca Bodleiana a Oxford, Quarto Catalogues XI, 1864). 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).

Last Substantive Revision

2020-07-21: Binding description added.