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

MS. Canon. Ital. 142

Summary Catalogue no.: 20194


Language(s): Italian

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment


Fine maps. By Battista Agnese. (Pächt and Alexander ii. 1014, pl. LXXXIII)


16th century, Italian (as MS., c. 1553, Venice): wood boards, with a small compass (mostly lost) inset in a rose at centre of inside lower board; dark red leather with blind and gilt lines, small gilt stamps, and gilt centrepieces of one (at front) or two (at back) gilt crescent moons (Strozzi?) within two interlocking squares; remains of four clasps, one nearly intact at upper fore-edge with strap of tooled red leather; spine plain. Cf. MS. Canon. Ital. 144 (larger format).

18th century, Italian, Venice, embellished for the collection of Jacopo Soranzo: decorative paste-down and flyleaf of carta bassanese added at each end, a circular window cut at the back paste-down to reveal the compass. 394–396 × 250–251 × c. 22–24 mm. (book closed).


Origin: c. 1553 ; Italian, Venice

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).


    Tammaro de Marinis, La legatura artistica in Italia nei secoli XV e XVI, 3 vols., Florence 1960, III no. 3049 (under Florence).

Last Substantive Revision

2020-07-21: Binding description added.