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

MS. Canon. Ital. 196

Summary Catalogue no.: 20248


Giovanbattista Palatino, Writing book
Language(s): Spanish, Italian, Latin, and Middle French

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment


Miniatures (coloured drawings)

Initials. (Pächt and Alexander ii. 1010, pl. LXXXIII)


16th century or 17th century, Italian: limp parchment wrapper, comprising a fragment of one leaf of a large choirbook with music and formal Roman script (16th century?, Italian), folded over with the text on the obscured inner side only, to provide large turn-ins which help stiffen the wrapper; no decoration, edges plain; endbands laced in at the corners. Most of the wrapper’s outside edges have a line of regular holes (minute cuts rather than pinholes), possibly the attachment-points for some further (fabric?) covering, now lost. Textblock comprises calligraphic specimens grouped by size, smallest at front. 175 × 232–233 × c. 32 mm. (landscape format, book closed).


Origin: after 1541 ; Italian, Rome

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).


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Last Substantive Revision

2020-07-21: Binding description added.