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

MS. Canon. Ital. 270

Summary Catalogue no.: 20322


Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: paper


15th century, Italian (as MS.): wood boards; brown leather, decorated with blind sextuple lines which form a St. Andrew’s cross in a large panel integrated with 4+1 circular bosses (lost) on each cover; remnants of two fore-edge clasps with straps of dark red textile (lost) and perhaps of a lost chain-staple near the top of the front cover’s fore-edge; spine cross-hatched by blind triple lines, with green-leather label and gilt titles added in the 18th century. Minor repairs, Bodleian. 295 × 205 × c. 61 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.