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

MS. Canon. Ital. 201

Summary Catalogue no.: 20253


Gregory the Great, Dialogues (Italian translation by Domenico Cavalca )
Language(s): Italian

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: paper


15th century, Italian (as MS.): wood boards with cushion bevel; red tawed leather, blind-tooled with double or triple lines forming four panels with crossed diagonals on each cover; remnants of two fore-edge clasps with lost straps of similar red leather, and of a lost rectangular label-frame at upper centre of back cover (six nail holes); edges plain; spine original, plain, but with an added gilt green-leather label, 18th century, Italian. 223–226 × c. 147 × c. 66 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.