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MS. Canon. Ital. 25

Summary Catalogue no.: 20077


Historia Apollonis regis Tyri (Italian version)
Incipit: ||de t(em)po douerse uoltare in obscura note
Explicit: Ma che facesti quella nocte adonque

Imperfect at beginning and end; beginning in I.ii, ending in VIII.vii.14

Language(s): Italian

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: Paper, folded in folio; watermark cardinal's hat (type Piccard-Online 32247-32293; northern Italy, early 16th century), perhaps closest to PO 32269 (Udine, 1503)
Extent: iii + 131 + ii leaves
Dimensions (leaf): 310 × c. 205 mm.


1 col., 36 lines; written space c. 215 × 112 mm.


Humanistic cursiva; one hand.


3- to 5-line blue initials with red penwork.

Rubrics and (to fol. 75v) marginal headings in red.


18th century quarter-leather binding; title on the spine and fore-edge 'Philostrato'.


Origin: 16th century, beginning ; Italian

Provenance and Acquisition

Jacopo Soranzo (?): 'probably Soranzo's' according to J. B. Mitchell (Bodleian card catalogue) on the evidence of the binding, interpreted as a 'rehashed' Soranzo binding.

Matteo Luigi Canonici, 1727–1805.

Giuseppe Canonici , -1807.

Purchased by the Bodleian in 1817.

Record Sources

Summary description by Matthew Holford (July 2022). Previously described in 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).

Digital Images

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Last Substantive Revision

2022-07: Description revised for publication on Digital Bodleian.