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

MS. Canon. Ital. 222

Summary Catalogue no.: 20274


Meditations on the Passion
Language(s): Italian
Planctus Mariae (Italian version)
Language(s): Italian

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: paper


18th century ?, Italian, perhaps all a re-creation of the late medieval quarter-binding style: wood boards with narrow inside bevel; brown leather stretching nearly halfway across each bare board (no nails), the spine cross-hatched with blind single lines, the sides tooled with blind quadruple lines in four panels; two fore-edge clasps with brown leather straps, running to shaped brass catch-plates on back cover with simple engraved patterns. 222 × 143 × c. 18–20 mm. (book closed). Comparable but not identical to bindings of MSS. Canon. Ital. 27, 96, and 129.


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.