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

MS. Canon. Bibl. Lat. 38

Summary Catalogue no.: 18930



Preceded by the Summarium bibliae

Followed by Stephen Langton (?), Interpretationes nominum hebraicorum

Colophon: (fol. 337v) Explicit liber biblie […] scriptus per me ⟨Johannem de Luxa⟩ pro serenissimo ducali dominio venetorum castellanum castre catari et completus die tercio mensis februarij Millesimo quadrigentessimo uigesimo septimo natiuitatis domini nostri iesu christi. In dicto castro.

An erased colophon on fol. 371 seems to end ‘anno domini m.cccc.xxvi(?)ij’.

Language(s): Latin

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment
Extent: 349 folios
Dimensions (leaf): 265 × 200 mm.


Fols. i-viii verso: 1 col., c. 45 lines, written space 190 × 130 mm.

Fols. 1–337v: 2 cols., 76 lines, column space 180 × 55 mm.

Fols. 341–371: 3 cols., 65 lines, column space 180 × 40 mm.


Written by Johannes de Luxa, who also wrote MS. Canon. Ital. 223 in 1442; colophons by him in other manuscripts show that he was chancellor of Kotor.


Fine historiated initials (coloured pen drawings). Same style as Cambridge, Fitzwilliam Museum MS. 301, written by Johannes in 1423 for Francesco Foscari, doge of Venice (Pächt and Alexander ii. 458, pl. XLV)

Coloured initials (some historiated), rubrics.


Origin: 1427 [? - 1428] ; Dalmatia, Kotor (Cattaro)

Provenance and Acquisition

Arms of Grifo of Venice (argent, a griffin rampant gules) in many of the initials.

Matteo Luigi Canonici, 1727–1805

Giuseppe Canonici , -1807

Purchased by the Bodleian in 1817

Record Sources

Adapted (August 2019) from the following sources:
A. G. Watson, Catalogue of Dated and Datable Manuscripts c.435–1600 in Oxford Libraries (Oxford, 1984), no. 145 [origin, date, physical description, colophon, provenance]
Otto Pächt and J. J. G. Alexander, Illuminated Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library, Oxford, II (1970), no. 458 [decoration[
The Quarto Catalogue (H. O. Coxe, Catalogi codicum manuscriptorum Bibliothecæ Bodleianæ pars tertia codices Græcos et Latinos Canonicianos complectens, Quarto Catalogues III, 1854) [contents]

Last Substantive Revision

2019-08-14: Description revised with reference to Watson