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MS. Canon. Pat. Lat. 56

Summary Catalogue no.: 19042


Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment


Good historiated initial. (Pächt and Alexander ii. 476)


15th century, second quarter, Italian (as MS.): wood boards, bevelled; brown leather (delaminating), decorated with blind lines and strapwork tooling; spine plain; sewing on three straps of pink tawed leather; remains of two clasps with lost red-textile straps and surviving metal catch-plates each embossed with three rosettes; endleaves are erased fragments of polyphonic music. 231 × 163 × c. 35 mm. (book closed).


Origin: 15th century, second quarter ; Italian, Venice

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). 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

2020-08-26: Binding description added.