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

MS. Canon. Ital. 228

Summary Catalogue no.: 20280


Itinerary to the Holy Land (fragment)
Language(s): Italian
Rhetorical treatise
Language(s): Italian

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: paper


18th century, Italian, quarter-binding in archaizing style (the 15th-century manuscript had evidently been left unbound for some time): wood boards, narrow bevels inside and outside, fore-edge flush with textblock; red leather stretching nearly halfway across each bare board, secured by a vertical line of 1+7+1 nails with a thin strip of leather edging; leather decorated with blind quintuple horizontal and vertical lines, forming panels (without diagonals); spine-panels have a small blind central flower stamp; no clasps ever present on these boards, no endbands; paper label with ink title at top of spine, 18th century. 226–229 × 147–149 × c. 39–40 mm. (book closed). Cf. 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.