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

MS. Canon. Misc. 519

Summary Catalogue no.: 19995


Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment


Humanistic script. (Pächt and Alexander ii. 514, pl. XLIX)


Fine historiated border.

Fine initial. Border later enlarged (above and right). (Pächt and Alexander ii. 514, pl. XLIX)


15th century third quarter, Italian (as MS.): wood boards; brown leather, blind-tooled with quadruple lines and strapwork; traces of four clasps with brown leather straps and of a large central metal fitting and possibly four bosses on each cover, all lost; sewn on four broad straps of red tawed leather, with endband cores of brown leather. The leather is much damaged, with spine lost and further large losses at lower part of each cover, but unrepaired. c. 347 × 260 × c. 97–103 mm. (book closed).


Origin: 15th century, third quarter ; Italian, Venice

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).

Digital Images

Digital Bodleian (1 image from 35mm slides)

Last Substantive Revision

2020-09-14: Binding description added.