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

MS. Canon. Ital. 143

Summary Catalogue no.: 20195


Language(s): Italian

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment


Fine maps. Made by Bartolomeo Olives of Mallorca in Venice, 17th June 1559. (Pächt and Alexander ii. 1015)


16th century, Italian (as MS., 1559, Venice): wood boards; red leather, each cover with gilt tooling and a centrepiece of two circles enclosing an ornate but blank shield, front cover with gilt title ‘CARTA DA NAVIGAR’ at upper centre; two clasps, with fittings and one extant catch in embossed silvery metal; spine plain, repaired.

18th century, Italian, Venice: decorative paste-downs and flyleaves of carta bassanese added, with other repairs. 433–435 × 274–275 × 15 mm. (book closed).


Origin: 1559 ; 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).

Digital Images

Digital Bodleian (2 images from 35mm slides)

Last Substantive Revision

2020-07-21: Binding description added.