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

MS. Canon. Misc. 47

Summary Catalogue no.: 19523


Giovanni Fontana, De trigono balistario (abbreviated)
Language(s): Latin

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: paper


Copied by Giovanni Fontana himself. (P&A ii. 975)


Diagrams, tables. (P&A ii. 975)


15th century, Italian (as MS.): wood boards, left bare in quarter-leather style; the original leather spine (lost) had extended across one third of each board and was secured with a vertical row of (lost) tightly-spaced nails, 1+12+1 (front) and 1+11+1 (back); central strap of red tawed leather, mostly lost, with a back-cover metal catch-plate moulded with ‘yh’s’ in a sunburst under monogram ‘SS[?]’. Spine of rough plain brown leather, ?18th century, Italian, now preserved inside front cover; again rebacked in light brown leather, 20th century, Bodleian. 290 × 218–220 × c. 63 mm. (book closed).


Origin: 1440 ; Italian, Udine

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).


    De trigono balistario – Das Ballistendreieck. Technische Kapitel und ausgewählte Anwendungen. Texterstellung, Übersetzung und Zeichnungen, ed. Horst Kranz (s.l., 2021) https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.4481358

Last Substantive Revision

2021-01-02: Add link to edition by Kranz.