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

MS. Canon. Misc. 197

Summary Catalogue no.: 19673


Alexander de Villa Dei, Doctrinale (with commentary)
Language(s): Latin

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: paper


15th century, Italian (as MS.): wood boards, with modestly rounded outside bevel; brown leather, blind-tooled with multiple lines, strapwork, and a floral stamp making an outer frame; spine boldly cross-hatched with blind double lines; traces of two fore-edge clasps and of 4+1 circular bosses on each cover, all lost; edges uncoloured, with traces of incised patterning. Substantially repaired with new leather, late 19th or 20th century, Bodleian. 294 × 219–220 × c. 47 mm. (book closed).


Origin: 15th century

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 (H. O. Coxe, Catalogi codicum manuscriptorum Bibliothecæ Bodleianæ pars tertia codices Græcos et Latinos Canonicianos complectens, Quarto Catalogues III, 1854). 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

2020-09-14: Binding description added.