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

MS. Canon. Misc. 507

Summary Catalogue no.: 19983


Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: paper


Written by Antonius de Praga, fol. 204v.


Related to the style of the Master of the Vitae Imperatorum. Pächt and Alexander ii. 700, pl. LXVIII:

Fine historiated border.

Fine initial.


15th century, second quarter (as MS., Milan, ? for an owner from Bergamo): wood boards; brown leather, blind-tooled with triple lines, stamps, strapwork, and dots (? some once coloured) in elaborate all-over designs, not identical on each cover; spine lost; traces of four clasps with (green?) textile straps, all lost. Rebacked and re-cornered in lighter brown leather with gilt lines and gilt red-leather label, 18th century, Italian. 333–334 × 221–223 × c. 55–56 mm. (book closed).


Origin: 15th century, second quarter ; Italian, Milan

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.