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

MS. Canon. Ital. 27

Summary Catalogue no.: 20079


Andrea da Barberino, Guerrin Meschino
Language(s): Italian

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: paper


[15th century, Italian] + 18th century, Italian, + 20th century, Bodleian, evidently a medieval quarter-binding with its elements successively replaced, now comprising: wood boards, 20th century, left bare (doubtless replacing 15th-century boards in same style); reddish-brown leather, 18th century, extending across c. 40% of each board to a vertical row of five small modern(?) nails with an edging strip of modern red leather; leather on each cover tooled with blind quintuple lines forming four panels, and spine stamped between cords with a single blind tool of an acorn; paper title-label on spine, 18th century (cf. MSS. Canon. Ital. 95 and 104); fols. [ii], 138 are 15th-century paper flyleaves. 294–296 × 210–215 × c. 46–48 mm. (book closed).

Cf. same 18th-century reback-style at MSS. Canon. Ital. 96 and 129, see also 222 and 228.


Origin: 15th century, beginning ; 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.