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

MS. Canon. Bibl. Lat. 15

Summary Catalogue no.: 18907


Language(s): Latin

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment


Good historiated initials.

Other initials. Fore-edge painting, 16th century (?). (Pächt and Alexander i. 545)


18th century, second half, Italian, Venice, a standard Canonici style: pasteboards; lightish-brown diced leather, blind and gilt lines and rolls round edges, spine with gilt lines and gilt red-leather label, marbled endleaves. 148–150 × 104 × c. 80 mm. (book closed).

Traces of previous binding(s): edges painted with red and green swirls, ?16th century, with ghosts of two broad straps; front flyleaf (fol. 1) shows marks of two clasps and (probably) four corner-bosses.


Origin: 13th century, middle ; French, Paris

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)

Last Substantive Revision

2020-04-02: Binding description added.