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

MS. Canon. Ital. 272

Summary Catalogue no.: 20324


Language(s): Italian
Theological works
Language(s): Italian

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: paper


15th century, Italian (as MS.): wood boards with slight outside bevel, cut flush with textblock; spine and boards now bare, cords exposed with channels for lost endbands; perhaps originally full leather, with parchment paste-downs now lifted as flyleaves; remnants of two strap-and-pin fastenings with brown-leather straps (lost), the pins leaving holes nearly halfway across the back cover; edges plain.

Leather of quarter-leather format, perhaps a reback, was in turn lost in or before the 18th century, when a round label was added on the bare upper board, top left. 288–290 × 199 × c. 37 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.