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

MS. Canon. Misc. 496

Summary Catalogue no.: 19972


Gregory IX, Decretals (with gloss)
Language(s): Latin

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment


Fine borders.

Fine historiated initials.

Fine other initials (mutilated). (Pächt and Alexander ii. 113, pl. XI)


14th century, beginning, Italian (as MS., an outsize, university volume): wood boards; dark, reddish-brown leather, undecorated; remains of four clasps (one at the top preserving a brown leather strap and metal tip with worn floral pattern) and of 4+1 small round flat bosses on each cover, one surviving; two small fragments from a liturgical MS., 13th or 14th century, used as liners at inside back cover. Paper spine-label with ink title, added ?18th century or earlier; paper flyleaves added, 20th century. 497–500 × 306–7 × c. 87–8 mm.


Origin: 14th century, beginning ; Italian, Bologna

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).

Last Substantive Revision

2020-09-14: Binding description added.