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

MS. Canon. Ital. 73

Summary Catalogue no.: 20125


Petrarch, Il Canzoniere
Language(s): Italian
Petrarch, Trionfi
Language(s): Italian

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment, paper


Fine borders.

Fine initials. (Pächt and Alexander ii. 580, pl. LV)


15th century, end, Italian (as MS.): wood boards with steep inside bevel; rich brown polished leather, blind-tooled all over with lines and strapwork; spine diapered with blind triple lines and a punch, re-laid over new leather; remnants of four clasps with lost brown-leather straps; gilt gauffered edges; 18th-century label of Jacopo Soranzo on spine. Rebacked 20th century, Bodleian. 239–240 × 128–9 × c. 40 mm. (book closed).


Origin: 15th century, end ; 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). 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).

Digital Images

Digital Bodleian (2 images from 35mm slides)


    Tammaro de Marinis, La legatura artistica in Italia nei secoli XV e XVI, 3 vols., Florence 1960, III no. 3025 (under Florence).

Last Substantive Revision

2020-07-21: Binding description added.