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

MS. Canon. Ital. 129

Summary Catalogue no.: 20181


History of France
Language(s): Italian

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: paper


15th century, Italian (as MS.): wood boards with slight cushion bevel, fore-edge corners rounded as textblock, now bare but perhaps originally full leather; traces of two clasps with green textile straps running to trefoil-shaped catch-plates, and of four bosses on each cover (all lost).

Reback, 18th century, Italian: spine replaced as a quarter-binding of light brown leather, extending across about a quarter of each board to a vertical row of 1+9+1 small nails with a thin edging strip; side-leather and spine decorated with blind quintuple lines forming five panels, acorn stamps on spine (possibly gilt, very worn), in same style as MSS. Canon. Ital. 27 and 96 (see also 222 and 228). 300 × 220–222 × c. 50 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.