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

MS. Canon. Misc. 342

Summary Catalogue no.: 19818


Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: paper


15th century, Italian (as MS.): wood boards with rounded corners (matching text-block); quarter-binding of brown leather, with traces of blind cross-hatched lines, held nearly halfway across each bare board by a vertical line of 1+3+1 iron nails; sewing-straps of red tawed leather; traces of central clasp, strap lost; title in Roman capitals carved in the wood at top right front board. Spine formerly rebacked over the damaged leather with a parchment fragment from a large choirbook, later removed. 240–243 × 178–179 × c. 36–37 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.