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

MS. Canon. Ital. 144

Summary Catalogue no.: 20196


Language(s): Italian

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment


Fine maps.

Fine diagrams. By Battista Agnese. (Pächt and Alexander ii. 1009)


16th century, Italian (as MS., 1538?, Venice): wood boards; dark red leather with blind and gilt lines, small gilt stamps, and centrepieces formed by two interlocking gilt squares (nothing within); traces of four clasps, all fittings lost; plain original spine, later repaired at the Bodleian with fabric down inner joints. 447–54 × 307–8 × c. 16–22 mm. (book closed). Cf. MS. Canon. Ital. 142 (smaller format).


Origin: 1538 (?) ; 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).

Last Substantive Revision

2020-07-21: Binding description added.