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

MS. Canon. Ital. 95

Summary Catalogue no.: 20147


Dante, Divine comedy
Language(s): Italian

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: paper


15th century, Italian (as MS.): a quarter-binding with wood boards, left bare; spine of brown leather (? replacement), extending about a third across each cover and there pinned by a vertical line of 1+5+1 iron nails which also once secured a thin edging strip of the same leather (all but lost); leather undecorated; traces of two clasps at front fore-edge running to trefoil-shaped catch-plates at back, all lost; edges plain. Paper title-label added on spine, 18th century (cf. MSS. Canon. Ital. 27 and 104). 301–304 × c. 210 × c. 68 mm. (book closed).


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.