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

MS. Canon. Ital. 181

Summary Catalogue no.: 20233


Treatise on confession
Language(s): Italian
Language(s): Latin

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment


15th century ?, Italian (? as MS., second half): wood boards; brown leather, now badly worn to a light-brown suede but originally darker; simple blind tooling of lines and near-strapwork, with central cross on each cover, spine plain; remnants of two clasps, with (lost) straps of blue textile; two further holes at front fore-edge but not at back, possibly for lost replacement ties; edges plain. 125–126 × 80–83 × c. 14–15 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.