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

MS. Canon. Misc. 514

Summary Catalogue no.: 19990


Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: paper


Written by Magister Johannes de Villegas 'in collegio domus Sabinensis' whilst studying at Bologna in 1472, fol. 236. (Pächt and Alexander ii. 665)


Good initials. (Pächt and Alexander ii. 665)


15th century, Italian (as MS., a university book written by a Spanish(?) student at Bologna, later in a chained library): wood boards; brown leather, blind-tooled with multiple lines and stamps to form a large diamond shape within a panel, and bold cross-hatching with triple lines on spine; remains of two fore-edge clasps with red textile straps (lost) and leaf-shaped catch-plates (one extant), and of a lost chain-staple at lower edge of back cover; label of thick paper pasted at upper centre back cover with ink title, 15th century. c. 348–349 × 237–240 × c. 58–59 mm. (book closed).


Origin: 1472 ; 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).


    Printed descriptions:

    A. Watson, Catalogue of Dated and Datable Manuscripts in Oxford Libraries (1984), no. 367

Last Substantive Revision

2020-09-14: Binding description added.