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

MS. Canon. Misc. 518

Summary Catalogue no.: 19994


Language(s): Latin

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment


15th century, Italian: wood boards with broad squares; traces on the bare boards of former full leather (lost), tooled with double lines into a St Andrew’s cross; traces of four clasps with brown leather straps, and possibly of bosses and corner-pieces including a large diamond-shaped metal centrepiece on each cover, all lost; endleaves are waste from an unfinished manuscript of Justinian, Institutes, 14th century, Italian. Leather replaced with quarter-leather, ?18th century, which was in turn replaced, 20th century, Bodleian. 356–360 × 253–254 × c. 72–76 mm. (book closed).

The manuscript itself is probably 13th century (pace Coxe), Italian?, and preserves marks on its first and last leaves (fols. 1, 236) of an earlier binding with 3+[3]+3 bosses on each cover.


Origin: 15th century

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 (H. O. Coxe, Catalogi codicum manuscriptorum Bibliothecæ Bodleianæ pars tertia codices Græcos et Latinos Canonicianos complectens, Quarto Catalogues III, 1854). 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.