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

MS. Canon. Misc. 409

Summary Catalogue no.: 19885


William of Heytesbury, works
Language(s): Latin
Richard Kilvington, Sophismata (incomplete)
Language(s): Latin
Logical treatises
Language(s): Latin

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment


Fine borders.

Fine initials (partly unfinished). (Pächt and Alexander ii. 143).

Added fine border, Venice, 15th century, end. (Pächt and Alexander ii. 573, pl. LIV)


15th century, late, Italian (MS. bequeathed by Nicoleto Vernia (d. 1499) to the canons of S. Bartolomeo, Vicenza): wood boards, inside bevel; brown leather, blind-tooled with multiple lines, stamps and strapwork; remains of four clasps with lost brown-leather straps, of originally four brass corner-pieces and one centrepiece all with boss-like extrusions on each cover, and of a lost chain-staple at foot of lower cover. Rebacked (losing spine and inside corner-pieces) in lighter brown leather with gilt lines and gilt red-leather label, new endleaves of plain paper, 18th century, Italian. c. 357–358 × c. 245–248 × c. 45–48 mm. (book closed). The inside corner-pieces were transferred to the 18th-century binding of MS. Canon. Liturg. 333.


Origin: 1385–6; added decoration, 15th century, end ; Italian, Padua (?); Italian, Venice (added decoration)

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).

Digital Images

Digital Bodleian (1 image from 35mm slides)

Last Substantive Revision

2020-09-14: Binding description added.