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

MS. Canon. Ital. 243

Summary Catalogue no.: 20295


Pedro de Medina, Cosmographia
Language(s): Spanish

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: paper


16th century, Spanish (as MS., text composed 1538): wood boards, covered with plain blue velvet; remains of two clasps, the lower partly surviving with a strap of green textile (almost lost) over parchment stiffeners with a decorative metal tip; edges gilt, gauffered; headband oversewn in alternating green and pale thread, tailband lost. 233–234 × 177–178 × c. 38–39 mm. (book closed).


Origin: 16th century ; Spanish

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.