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

MS. Canon. Misc. 255

Summary Catalogue no.: 19731


Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: paper


15th century, Italian (as MS., dated 1465, [Iesi?], with addition dated 1470): wood boards; brown leather, each cover blind-tooled with lines, tools, and a large architectonic ‘portal’ to match texts 1 or 2: (front) a leafy plant under moon, sun and star, (back) a medical flask under a floral swag, each design between two columns and under letters ‘M PM B’ at top (for the main scribe, Piermario di Bartolo of Fano, a doctor); traces of a central clasp with red fabric strap and of four bosses on each cover, all lost; edges gauffered, not gilt. Rebacked with gilt spine and title, endleaves of floral paper, 18th century, Italian, for Jacopo Soranzo (paper spine-label). 152 × c. 100 × c. 25–26 mm. (book closed).


Origin: 1465 and 1470

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)


    Printed descriptions:

    A. Watson, Catalogue of Dated and Datable Manuscripts in Oxford Libraries (1984), no. 319

Last Substantive Revision

2022-06: Date revised with reference to Watson.