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. (Pächt and Alexander ii. 333)


Miniature (coloured drawing). Attested by Johannes Bartholomei de Guidis 'officialis et scriba reformationum', Florence. (Pächt and Alexander 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).


    Printed descriptions:

    A. Watson, Catalogue of Dated and Datable Manuscripts in Oxford Libraries (1984), no. 320

Last Substantive Revision

2020-09-14: Binding description added.