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. (P&A 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)

Last Substantive Revision

2020-09-14: Binding description added.