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

MS. Canon. Ital. 271

Summary Catalogue no.: 20323


Johannes Climacus, Scala paradisi (Italian translation)
Language(s): Italian
Johannes Climacus, Sermo ad pastorem (Italian translation)
Language(s): Italian
Daniel Raithenus, Vita S. Johannis Climaci (Italian translation)
Language(s): Italian
Isaac Syrus, De contemptu mundi (Italian translation)
Language(s): Italian

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: paper


15th century, Italian (as MS.): thick wood boards, square-cut flush with text-block; reddish-brown leather with blind lines linking 8+4+1 small circular bosses (all lost) and forming four panels on each cover; remnants of a single fore-edge clasp with blue textile strap (lost). Crude reback in similar leather, 18th century?, obscuring the original leather and the inner three boss-stations. 288–290 × 207–208 × c. 65–68 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.