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

MS. Canon. Ital. 96

Summary Catalogue no.: 20148


Dante, Divine comedy
Language(s): Italian

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: paper


15th century, Italian (as MS.): wood boards; brown leather, blind-tooled with lines, stamps and strapwork, the central panels infilled with punches once painted green, blue and ??yellow; traces of two clasps with green textile straps (lost); 4+1 small star-shaped bosses (but inner two lost) on each cover.

Reback, 18th century, Italian: red-brown leather extending about one third across each cover to a vertical line of 1+7+1 pins, which also encompass a vertical edging strip of the same leather; spine decorated with blind lines and a gilt acorn stamp (very worn); cf. MSS. Canon. Ital. 27 and 129 (see also 222 and 228). 296–298 × 215 × c. 57–60 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.