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

MS. Canon. Misc. 275

Summary Catalogue no.: 19751


Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment


Written in humanistic script. (P&A ii. 333)


Miniature (coloured drawing). Attested by Johannes Bartholomei de Guidis 'officialis et scriba reformationum', Florence. (P&A ii. 333)


15th century, late, Italian (as MS.): wood boards; quarter-binding of red leather (discoloured to brown), fixed halfway across each bare board with vertical rows of 1+5+1 nails and lost edging strips; remains of a central clasp, with lost strap of multi-coloured brocade; lion emblem of Florence painted on the front paste-down. Lost intermediate repairs to spine; rebacked, 20th century, Bodleian, retaining about half of original spine. 227–231 × 145–146 × c. 13 mm. (book closed).


Origin: 1490 ; Italian, Florence

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).

Last Substantive Revision

2020-09-14: Binding description added.