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

MS. Canon. Ital. 198

Summary Catalogue no.: 20250


Regula S. Benedicti (Italian translation)
Language(s): Italian

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: paper


16th century, first half, Italian (perhaps as MS.): wood boards; dark reddish-brown leather tooled with blind lines and gilt stamps, gilt centrepiece of Virgin and Child on crescent moon on each cover; remnants of four clasps with lost straps of similar leather; edges gilt, gauffered; original spine lost.

Reback, 18th century, Italian, probably for Jacopo Soranzo (previously belonged to Bernardo Trevisan): red leather with gilt lines and gilt label of green leather; paste-downs and conjoint flyleaves of carta bassanese printed in a bold pattern with purple flowers and leaves on a green background. 193 × 129–130 × c. 24–26 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.