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

MS. Canon. Misc. 58

Summary Catalogue no.: 19534


Boccaccio, De mulieribus claris
Language(s): Latin

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment


Fine historiated initials.

Fine other initials. Close to the style of Zebo da Firenze. (Pächt and Alexander ii. 131, pl. XIII)


15th century, Italian: heavy wood boards, with broad bevel; reddish-brown leather, blind-tooled with quintuple lines, stamps and strapwork; traces of two lost fore-edge clasps with broad straps; paper label with 15th-century ink title at back cover, upper centre; spine lost. Crudely rebacked with parchment, ?18th century, Italian; further repairs, late 19th or 20th century, Bodleian. 287–290 × 203–204 × c. 30 mm. (book closed).


Origin: 14th century, end ; Italian, Bologna

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.