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

MS. Canon. Ital. 33

Summary Catalogue no.: 20085


Domenico Cavalca, Lo Specchio della Croce
Language(s): Italian (Venetian dialect)

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: paper


15th century, Italian (as MS, dated 1443, ?Venice): wood boards, flush with text-block; brown leather, blind-tooled with triple lines; remains of two clasps, with lost straps of ?red tawed leather running to extant trefoil-shaped catch-plates of flat brass; 4+1 bosses on each cover, all lost (central boss had a small flower shape with six petals). Rebacked, 18th century, Italian, in shiny speckled brown leather with gilt spine and red-leather label. 290–294 × 213–217 × c. 43–47 mm. (book closed).


Origin: 1443 ; Italian (Venice (?))

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. 216

Last Substantive Revision

2022-06: Revised origin with reference to Watson.