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

MS. Canon. Ital. 75

Summary Catalogue no.: 20127


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

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment


A composite binding, with earlier boards completely obscured by later covering:

15th century, before 1460, Italian (as MS.): wood boards with slight cushion bevel, formerly covered with all-over brown leather and wormed before the later covering; two clasp-indentations at fore-edge of front board, under the later paper; parchment endleaves, with ex libris inscriptions dated 1460 and 1461 on former front paste-down (fol. 1v).

18th century, Italian: half-binding with spine and corners of blotched brown leather, sides of plain grey paper covering the earlier boards; no decoration except for blind horizontal lines round cords on spine; no spine-label, no endbands. 228–229 × 146–150 × c. 33–35 mm. (book closed). Cf. MS. Canon. Ital. 49.


Origin: 15th century ; 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).

Last Substantive Revision

2020-07-21: Binding description added.