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

MS. Canon. Misc. 544

Summary Catalogue no.: 20020


Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: paper


17th century, Spanish? (as MS.), perhaps in archaizing style for presentation: pasteboards made of waste from an illustrated printed (emblem?) book; reddish-brown leather; faint blind tooling with stamps, a roll?, and triple lines, forming a diamond within a panel; gilt lines and centrepiece of a rampant lion (for León?) on each cover; spine with gilt lines and a small blind rosette in each panel; speckled edges; two clasps with leather straps (partly extant) running from back cover to metal pins at the front cover’s fore-edge; four large domed bosses of gold-coloured metal on each cover. 262–267 × 188–192 × c. 38–39 mm. (book closed).

Fols. 1r (title) and 51r (last page of main text) have glue deposits on their versos to indicate that they were the original paste-downs: possible evidence of an early change of plan to add this more lavish binding.


Origin: 17th 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.