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

MS. Canon. Ital. 203

Summary Catalogue no.: 20255


Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: paper


16th century middle, Italian (as MS., Venice), ? archaizing: wood boards; polished reddish-brown leather, blind-tooled all over with lines, stamps and strapwork to form a diamond-shaped central panel; spine cross-hatched with blind quadruple lines; remnants of two fore-edge clasps with lost straps of similar leather.

18th century, Italian, for Jacopo Soranzo (= Sor. 418 in quarto): added endleaves of carta bassanese printed with large green-gold flowers and leaves on thin red stems, on a white background infilled with red dots. 221–222 × 155 × c. 28–30 mm. (book closed). Soranzo label at top of spine.


Origin: 16th 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.