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

MS. Canon. Misc. 182

Summary Catalogue no.: 19658


Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment


Fine historiated initials. (Pächt and Alexander ii. 427, pl. XLII)


Italian, 15th century (as MS.): wood boards with narrow inside bevel; light brown leather, blind-tooled with multiple lines and strapwork, spine cross-hatched with triple lines and dots; remains of two clasps with lost brown-leather straps; decorative metal centrepiece and four corner-pieces on each cover, mostly intact, incorporating small bosses and protruding studs at outside edges; on back cover, traces of a parchment label and its metal holder at upper centre, and of a lost chain-staple at foot near centre; edges plain. 257–259 × c. 177 × c. 39–42 mm. (book closed).


Origin: 1475 ; Italian, 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 (1854). 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)


    Printed descriptions:

    A. Watson, Catalogue of Dated and Datable Manuscripts in Oxford Libraries (1984), no. 306

Last Substantive Revision

2020-09-14: Binding description added.