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

MS. Canon. Misc. 487

Summary Catalogue no.: 19963


Ptolemy, Cosmographia (tr. Iacobus Angelus )
Language(s): Latin

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment


15th century, Italian (as MS., c. 1410–1450): thick wood boards, flush with text-block; formerly full brown leather, later removed (offsets of turn-ins at former front paste-down); traces of four clasps and of 4+1 bosses on each cover, lost or concealed. Rebacked 20th century, Bodleian, in modern pigskin, quarter-leather style, with new paper paste-downs and endleaves. 265–266 × 190–192 × c. 42–43 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.