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

MS. Canon. Misc. 570

Summary Catalogue no.: 20046


Leonardo Bruni, Historia Florentina
Language(s): Latin

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: paper


Humanistic script. (Pächt and Alexander ii. 327)


Fine border.

Fine initials. (Pächt and Alexander ii. 327)


15th century, end, Italian (as MS.): wood boards; brown leather, blind-tooled with lines and stamps to form a large diamond shape within a panel; spine cross-hatched with double lines; remains of two clasps (straps replaced); four lost circular bosses on each cover; early title in bold ink capitals sideways on fore-edge. Paper label with ink title added at top of spine, 18th century; rebacked (spine re-laid), 20th century, Bodleian. 300–301 × 220–222 × c. 70–72 mm. (book closed).


Origin: 15th century, end ; Italian, Florence

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).

Last Substantive Revision

2020-09-14: Binding description added.