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

MSS. Canon. Bibl. Lat. 54-5

Summary Catalogue no.: 18947

Summary Catalogue no.: 18948

Contents

Language(s): Latin

Summarium biblie

Stegmüller 1175-1182

Incipit: Sex prohibent pecant Abel Enoch archa fit intrat
(fols. 362v-363v)
Epistle and Gospel list, Use of Rome

Temporale, sanctorale, common. Incipits and explicits.

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment and paper, mixed

Hand(s)

Vol. II fol. 268v: 'Scriptum per Nicolaum scriptorem in Grecz. Et finitum in vigilia purificacionis Marie Anno vicesimo secundo.' This scribe wrote the whole of vol. I except fols. 322-363v, perhaps written later, and to fol. 268v of vol. II

Vol. II fol. 403v, in another hand (covering fols. 275-403v): 'Explicit Apokalipsis beati Iohannis apostoli in Vigilia Michaelis anno dominj millesimo quadringentesimo Vicesimoquinto'.

Decoration

Initials. (P&A ii. 456)

Coloured initials, rubrics.

History

Origin: 1422, 1425 ; Italy (?), Austria (?) or Dalmatia (?)

Provenance and Acquisition

Tenatively localized to Venice or Dalmatia by Pächt and Alexander; Watson suggests that the 'Grecz' of vol II, fol. 268v may be Graz.

Matteo Luigi Canonici, 1727-1805

Giuseppe Canonici , -1807

Purchased by the Bodleian in 1817

MS. Canon. Bibl. Lat. 54

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment, paper
Extent: Vol. I: xii + 356 fols. (wrongly numbered to 363)
Dimensions (leaf): 308 × 215 mm.

Layout

Fols. i-ix verso: 1 col., c. 35-40 lines, 225 × c. 140 mm.

Fols. x-xii verso: blank

Fols. 1v-'321'v: 2 cols. c. 45-50 lines, column space 215-20 × 65 mm.

Fols. '322'-'363v': 2 cols. c. 55-60 lines, column space 257 × 80-5 mm.

Binding

A composite binding of wood boards, ?15th century, ?North European, later entirely covered and transformed into a half-leather binding with paper-covered sides, 18th century: both stages matched in the companion volume at MS. 55. The medieval boards (possibly reversed) have a slight cushion bevel, with grooves on the lower board for two former clasp-straps, and with possible underlying traces of corner-bosses and (at lower board, near top edge) a chain-staple; their original covering was of pink tawed leather, as seen in offsets or skinnings on the former paste-down at fol. [364]v.

The 18th-century Italian transformation has its spine in light brown leather, decorated with gilt lines and a red-leather label, with sides covered in plain pinkish-red paper and paste-downs of marbled paper. 330 × 215 × c. 90-91 mm. (book closed).

MS. Canon. Bibl. Lat. 55

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment, paper
Extent: Vol. II: iv + 404 fols.
Dimensions (leaf): 308 × 215 mm.

Layout

2 cols., c. 45-50 lines, column space 215-25 × 65 mm.

Binding

A composite binding of wood boards, ?15th century, ?North European, later entirely covered and transformed into a half-leather binding with paper-covered sides, 18th century: both stages matched in the companion volume at MS. 54. The medieval boards (possibly reversed) have a slight cushion bevel, with grooves on the upper board for two former clasp-straps, and with possible underlying traces of corner-bosses and (at upper board, centre foot) a chain-staple.

The 18th-century Italian transformation has its spine in light brown leather, decorated with gilt lines and a red-leather label, with sides covered in plain pinkish-red paper and paste-downs of marbled paper. 328-330 × 219-220 × c. 100-102 mm. (book closed).

Additional Information

Record Sources

Description adapted (Oct. 2019, rev. April 2020) from the following sources:
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) [binding]
A. G. Watson, Catalogue of Dated and Datable Manuscripts c.435-1600 in Oxford Libraries (Oxford, 1984), no. 146
Otto Pächt and J. J. G. Alexander, Illuminated Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library Oxford, II (1970), no. 456
S. J. P. Van Dijk, Handlist of the Latin Liturgical Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library Oxford : Vol. 1: Mass Books (typescript, 1957) [fols. 28-34]
H. O. Coxe, Catalogi codicum manuscriptorum Bibliothecæ Bodleianæ pars tertia codices Græcos et Latinos Canonicianos complectens, Quarto Catalogues III, 1854) [contents]

Last Substantive Revision

2020-04: Binding description added.