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

MS. Canon. Misc. 61

Summary Catalogue no.: 19537


Messahala, Astrolabium (tr. John of Seville )
Language(s): Latin
Astronomical treatises.
Language(s): Latin
Albategni, De scientia astrorum (tr. Plato of Tivoli )
Language(s): Latin

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment


16th century?, Italian: pasteboards; sewing on four thick split cords of tawed leather, perhaps preserved from a previous binding; brown leather (worn) with elaborate blind tooling, each cover divided into four small panels with centrepieces; cross-hatching on spine (part lost); traces of four pairs of lost ties, probably twists of tawed leather; edges stained blue; paste-downs from fragments of Justinian’s Digest, 14th century, Italian (visible text Lib. XII Tit. IV.9-V.1) and Cicero’s De officiis, 15th century, Italian? (visible text Bk. I.IV.10-V.16). 248–250 × 180–181 × c. 35–38 mm. (book closed).


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.