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

MS. Canon. Misc. 523

Summary Catalogue no.: 19999


Lives of Saints
Language(s): Latin
Augustine (?), works
Language(s): Latin
Theological treatises and extracts
Language(s): Latin
Prayers and offices
Language(s): Latin
Poggio Bracciolini, Letters
Language(s): Latin
Language(s): Latin and Italian

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: paper


15th century (after 1446, see fol. 103v), Italian: thick wood boards, flush with text-block, bare; modern quarter-leather spine of light-brown leather, attached with edging strips nearly halfway across each board with 1+4+1 star-headed studs, doubtless carried over from the earlier spine of dark brown leather; a further 1+6+1 studs for each board through the modern leather at their spine edges; single central clasp with red textile strap (half lost) and trefoil-shaped brass catch-plate embossed with ‘yh’s’ and ‘aue’. Rebacked, late 19th or 20th century, Bodleian. 201–204 × 130 × c. 57–60 mm. (book closed).

In this composite volume, the final fols. 148-[190] have ?gauffered edges.


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.