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

MS. Canon. Misc. 46

Summary Catalogue no.: 19522


Petrus de Abano, Liber physionomiae
Language(s): Latin
Petrus de Abano, De uenenis
Language(s): Latin
William the Englishman, De urina non uisa
Language(s): Latin
Medical texts
Language(s): Latin
Astronomical text
Language(s): Latin
Geomantic text
Language(s): Latin
8. fols. 93–139.
Hyginus, Astronomica
Language(s): Latin
Apuleius, De mundo
Language(s): Latin

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: paper


Good miniatures (drawings) on fols. 93–139. Epigraphic capitals and humanistic script characteristic of North-east Italy. On fol. 47 the letters D.O.L.S.IN. and on fol. 134 D.M.O.Q.I. (Pächt and Alexander ii. 330, pl. XXX)


15th century, end, Italian (as MS., ?Florence): wood boards; reddish-brown leather with blind lines and strapwork tooling, forming a narrow diamond pattern within a panel; spine cross-hatched with triple lines; remains of four clasps, with star-headed nails and trefoil-shaped flat-metal catch-plates extant, but leather straps lost. Endleaves of carta bassanese added, 18th century, Italian, for Jacopo Soranzo (= Sor. 309 in folio). 299–300 × c. 163–166 × c. 48 mm. (book closed).


Origin: 15th century, end ; 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).

Digital Images

Digital Bodleian (12 images from 35mm slides)


    Tammaro de Marinis, La legatura artistica in Italia nei secoli XV e XVI, 3 vols., Florence 1960, II no. 1599 bis (under Venice)

Last Substantive Revision

2020-09-14: Binding description added.