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

MS. Canon. Ital. 85

Summary Catalogue no.: 20137


Boccaccio, Filocolo
Language(s): Italian

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment


Humanistic script by Andreas de Laude . (Pächt and Alexander ii. 393)


Important miniatures.

Important borders.

Important initials. (Pächt and Alexander ii. 393, pl. XXXVII and frontispiece)


17th century?, Italian or French?: pasteboards; red leather with all-over gilt tooling in a diamond-shaped panel with elaborate corner- and centre-pieces, all areas richly infilled with a small fleur-de-lis tool; spine similarly gilt (damaged and re-laid); edges of boards also gilt-tooled with a narrow roll; gilt gauffered edges. Rebacked, 19th or 20th century, Bodleian. 364–365 × c. 240 × c. 65–70 mm. (book closed).


Origin: c. 1463–1464 ; Italian, Mantua or Ferrara (?)

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).


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Digital Images

Digital Bodleian (13 images from 35mm slides)

Last Substantive Revision

2020-07-21: Binding description added.