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

MS. Canon. Bibl. Lat. 2

Summary Catalogue no.: 18894


Language(s): Latin

New Testament
1. (fol. 3)


2. (fol. 79)


3. (fol. 88v)


4. (fol. 108v)

Catholic Epistles

5. (fol. 121v)

Epistles of Paul

6. (fol. 155)
Salomonis proverbiae
7. (fol. 157)
Ps.-Theotimus, Life and Passion of St Margaret

Followed (fol. 162v) by four prayers for her mass, written by the same hand.

8. (fol. 163)
Office of the Cross


Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment
Extent: iii + 163 (162) + i fol.
Dimensions (leaf): 225 × 130 mm.


Passion in 32 lines, written space 155 × 85 mm.


17th century or 18th century, Italian?: wood boards with broad squares, near-black leather with modest blind tooling, no clasps; spine with (added?) 18th-century gilt red-leather label and gilt lines. 212 × 137 × c. 43–44 mm. (book closed).


Origin: 13th century ; Italy

Provenance and Acquisition

On the fly leaf (fol. 1) accounts of the year 1325 mentioning: Manfredus massarius vetus; Otholinus novus massarius; Orlanus sindicus fratalis; Martinus condam Michaelis veteris; ducatus Dacie imposite occasione palis ibi omnibus colectoribus deputatis; Martinus riconetus.

Matteo Luigi Canonici, 1727–1805

Giuseppe Canonici, -1807

Purchased by the Bodleian in 1817.

Record Sources

Description adapted (2018, 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]
S. J. P. Van Dijk, Handlist of the Latin Liturgical Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library Oxford (typescript, 1957) Vol. 1: Mass Books, p. 206 [contents, physical description, history]
H. O. Coxe, Catalogi codicum manuscriptorum Bibliothecæ Bodleianæ pars tertia codices Græcos et Latinos Canonicianos complectens, Quarto Catalogues III, 1854 [contents]

Last Substantive Revision

2020-04-02: Binding description added.