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MSS. Canon. Bibl. Lat. 65-9

Summary Catalogue no.: 18958

Summary Catalogue no.: 18959

Summary Catalogue no.: 18960

Summary Catalogue no.: 18961

Summary Catalogue no.: 18962


Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment


Good miniatures


Fine borders.

Initials. Illuminated by Pierre Vanye of Lyon. The first part was written by Henri de Beaujardin 'habitatorem Varambonis in Brescia', and volumes III, IV, and V after his death by Jean Broquet, clerk of the diocese of Cambrai, born at Hennegau. Calligraphic flourishes. (Pächt and Alexander i. 822)


18th century, late, Italian, Venice (five volumes, uniformly bound): wood boards; drab red leather, blind-tooled with lines and rolls forming three frames; spines with thin gilt roll outlining the cords, and a gilt green-leather label; paste-downs of marbled paper, in several similar patterns; flyleaves with Venetian watermarks (‘tre lune’, etc.). Outside measurements: (MSS. 65–67) c. 541–549 × 361–380 × c. 98–125 mm. (books closed, with or allowing for corner-pieces); (MSS. 68–69, Psalms, somewhat larger) 562–570 × 385–393 × c. 123–150 mm. (books closed, with or allowing for corner-pieces).

Heavy brass furnishings, each board originally with four corner-pieces (possibly from earlier bindings) and, in different style, a centrepiece monogram ‘MLC’ under a coronet (? for Matteo Luigi Canonici). Detached items of this metal furniture from MSS. 65, 66, 67 and 68 (removed before 1998) were given the separate shelfmark MS. Canon. Bibl. Lat. 69* in 2020, leaving two pieces lost.

Traces of earlier binding(s): gilt edges with remains of bold patterns, 16th century?; former paste-downs with traces of green/blue fabric or brown leather (consecutive coverings?); no clasps.


Origin: 1507–1511 ; Italian, Brescia , and ; French, Lyon

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 (1966). 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 (4 images from 35mm slides) [MS. Canon. Bibl. Lat. 65]
Digital Bodleian (2 images from 35mm slides) [MS. Canon. Bibl. Lat. 66]
Digital Bodleian (1 image from 35mm slides) [MS. Canon. Bibl. Lat. 68]


    Printed descriptions:

    A. Watson, Catalogue of Dated and Datable Manuscripts in Oxford Libraries (1984), no.

Last Substantive Revision

2020-04: Binding description added.

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