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

MS. Canon. Ital. 47

Summary Catalogue no.: 20099


Matteo Maria Boiardo, Rime amorose
Language(s): Italian

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment


Humanistic script. (Pächt and Alexander ii. 914)


Good initials. (Pächt and Alexander ii. 914)


17th century or 18th century, Italian: limp parchment wrapper, originally stiffened with paper paste-downs which were later lifted; covers attached by laced-in endbands of tawed leather, formerly oversewn with green silk; traces of two lost sets of fore-edge ties, possibly of tawed leather; edges plain; perhaps bound for an owner whose flourished signature was cut out from the front flyleaf at fol. [ii]. Repairs, 20th century?, for Bodleian: new stiffening of coarse paper added inside the covers; new parchment spine. 232–234 × 150–152 × c. 10 mm. (book closed).


Origin: 15th century, end ; Italian, North-east (?)

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). Decoration, localization and date follow Pächt and Alexander (1970). 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.