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

MS. Canon. Ital. 233

Summary Catalogue no.: 20285


Virgil, Aeneid (Italian translation by Andrea Lancia of the Latin prose version by Fr. Anastasio OFM )
Language(s): Italian

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: paper


15th century?, Italian: wood boards with outside bevel, rounded corners as textblock; quarter-binding of dark brown leather stretching nearly halfway across each bare board, secured by a vertical line of 1+7+1 star-headed nails with leather edging; undecorated; remnants of one fore-edge clasp with strap of red velvet (lost), running to a trefoil-shaped catch-plate (itself a replacement?) partly surviving on the back cover. Later repairs and blank endleaves, 18th century?, Italian. 220–224 × 145–149 × c. 30 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.