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

MS. Canon. Ital. 287

Summary Catalogue no.: 20339


Vitas patrum (books i-ii, Italian translation by Domenico Cavalca )
Language(s): Italian

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: paper


15th century, Italian (as MS., 1447, from the Benedictine nunnery of S. Croce, Giudecca, Venice): wood boards; reddish-brown leather, blind-tooled with quadruple or triple lines linking 4+1 domed bosses (some extant) to form four panels on each cover; two fore-edge clasps, originally with brown leather straps (lower lost, upper replaced with red textile but retaining a brass tip cast with the word ‘aue’) running to brass catch-plates, each cast with ‘aue’ below letter ‘S’; four nail holes at top centre of back cover, for a lost label-holder. 320 × 219–220 × c. 48 mm. (book closed).


Origin: 15th century (in part 1447) ; 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:

    A. Watson, Catalogue of Dated and Datable Manuscripts in Oxford Libraries (1984), no. 252 (fols. 1-88)

Last Substantive Revision

2020-07-21: Binding description added.