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. (P&A ii. 665)


Good initials. (P&A 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).

Last Substantive Revision

2020-09-14: Binding description added.