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

MS. Canon. Ital. 279

Summary Catalogue no.: 20331


Simone Fidati, Libro della vita cristiana
Language(s): Italian
Domenico Cavalca, Medicina del cuore
Language(s): Italian
Domenico Cavalca, Specchio di croce
Language(s): Italian
Bono Giamboni, Della miseria dell'uomo
Language(s): Italian
Paphnutius, Vita S. Onuphrii (Italian translation)
Language(s): Italian
Lives of Saints
Language(s): Italian
Theological works
Language(s): Italian
Language(s): Italian

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: paper


15th century, first half, Italian (as MS.): wood boards with slight cushion bevel, cut flush with the textblock and matching its rounded corners; brown leather, blind-tooled with triple lines forming a St. Andrew’s cross to link the 4+1 bosses on each cover (all lost); remnants of a single fore-edge clasp, with lost strap of similar leather over tawed-leather core; spine cross-hatched with blind lines, damaged. Repaired with new leather, 1948, Bodleian. 290 × 195–200 × c. 55 mm. (book closed).


Origin: 15th century, first half ; 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).


    Printed descriptions:

    S. J. P. van Dijk, Latin Liturgical Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library, Oxford, vol. 3: Rituals and Directories (typescript, 1957), p. 254

Last Substantive Revision

2020-07-21: Binding description added.