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

MS. Canon. Ital. 16

Summary Catalogue no.: 20068


Leonardo Bruni, De primo bello Punico (Italian translation)
Language(s): Italian

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: paper


15th century, Italian (as MS., 1459, North East(?)): wood boards; polished brown leather with blind lines and stamps, spine cross-hatched; 4+1 small circular star-shaped bosses intact on each cover; one central clasp with lost leather(?) strap attached to the front fore-edge with a single nail identical to the bosses, running to a large trefoil-shaped metal catch-plate on lower cover with ‘yh’s’ monogram; lower flyleaf (possibly a raised paste-down) from part of a bifolium of polyphonic music, late 14th century. 223 × 146–149 × c. 29–30 mm. (book closed).


Origin: 1459 ; 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

2022-06: Date revised with reference to Watson.