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

MS. Canon. Misc. 559

Summary Catalogue no.: 20035


Astrological tables.
Language(s): Latin

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment


Historiated diagrams. (Pächt and Alexander ii. 917)


15th century, ?Italian (as MS.): limp parchment wrapper, single thickness, undecorated: a single-section booklet, sewn through and outside the wrapper’s spine at two sewing-stations around vertical cores (one lost); medieval writing on the inside covers confirms the wrapper’s early date. c. 270 × 185–190 × c. 12–15 mm. (book closed).


Origin: c. 1400 (?) ; Italian

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 (2 images from 35mm slides)

Last Substantive Revision

2020-09-14: Binding description added.