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

MS. Canon. Bibl. Lat. 18

Summary Catalogue no.: 18910


Language(s): Latin

New Testament

With prologues.

2. (fol. 255v)

By the same hand, written on the original ruling, notation possibly added later.

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment
Dimensions (leaf): 150 × 110 mm.


2 col. of 32 lines, written space 105 × 70 mm.

Musical Notation:

Heavy square notation on 5 staves.


Pächt and Alexander i. 546 ('in French (north-eastern) style. Italian script and parchment.'):

Good historiated initials.

Good other initials.


So-called ‘Sagredo’-binding; Italian (?), early eighteenth century.


Origin: 13th century, end ; Italy or ; France (?)

Provenance and Acquisition

Franz Joseph von Hahn, bishop of Bamberg (d. 1748): evidence of added decoration, binding, later provenance. See Helmut Boese, ‘Über die 1747 in Venedig verkaufen ‘Sagredo’-Handschriften’, Quellen und Forschungen aus italienischen Archiven und Bibliotheken, 66, 1986, 269–309.

Identified by E. Pellegrin as a Visconti book, but the Visconti arms and inscription are a later addition carried out by the so-called ‘Master of the Canonici Fakes’ presumably added for von Hahn prior to the sale of part of his library by the Venetian bookseller Gianbattista Albrizzi in 1747. Sold by Albrizzi with the manuscripts of Gherardo Sagredo, procurator of San Marco; no. 110 in the catalogue of the sale (Boese, op. cit., p. 305).

Matteo Luigi Canonici, 1727–1805

Giuseppe Canonici, -1807

Purchased by the Bodleian in 1817.

Record Sources

Description adapted (2018) from the following sources and from published works cited above.
S. J. P. Van Dijk, Handlist of the Latin Liturgical Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library Oxford Vol. 1: Mass Books (typescript, 1957), p. 117 [textual content, esp. fol. 255v; physical description; provenance]
Otto Pächt and J. J. G. Alexander, Illuminated Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library, Oxford, I (1966), no. 546 [dating, localization, decoration, provenance]
H. O. Coxe, Catalogi codicum manuscriptorum Bibliothecæ Bodleianæ pars tertia codices Græcos et Latinos Canonicianos complectens, Quarto Catalogues III, 1854

Last Substantive Revision

2018-10-03: Revised description to include all information from van Dijk, Pächt and Alexander, and Quarto.