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

MS. Canon. Ital. 118

Summary Catalogue no.: 20170


Language(s): Italian

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: paper


Good initials.

Penwork borders, initials. (Pächt and Alexander ii. 906)


15th century, second half, Italian (as MS.): wood boards; dark reddish-brown leather, blind-tooled with multiple lines, stamps and strapwork; traces of four clasps with leather straps and of 4+1 circular bosses on each board, all now lost; edges plain; spine lost, rebacked with two layers of parchment, perhaps in successive treatments, 18th century?, Italian, and mid 19th century?, Bodleian . 340–343 × 235–240 × c. 67–70 mm. (book closed).


Origin: 15th century, second half ; Italian, North-east (?)

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). 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).


    Printed descriptions:

    S. J. P. van Dijk, Latin Liturgical Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library, Oxford, vol. 3: Rituals and Directories (typescript, 1957), p. 139

Last Substantive Revision

2020-07-21: Binding description added.