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


Fine historiated border and initial. Related to the style of the Master of the Vitae Imperatorum. Written by Antonius de Praga, fol. 204v. (Pächt and Alexander ii. 700, pl. LXVIII)


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.