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MS. Canon. Bibl. Lat. 57

Summary Catalogue no.: 18950


Language(s): Latin

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment


Important miniatures.

Historiated borders.

Historiated initials. At the end the cost of the decoration of the MS. is itemized. (Pächt and Alexander ii. 90, pl. VIII)


17th century or 18th century, French?: pasteboards, with red leather richly tooled all-over with gilt rolls, lines and stamps to form a frame with corner-pieces and a central roundel; spine similarly decorated and incorporating gilt title ‘ST.BIBLE | M.SS.’; iron fittings for two clasps with lost (red?) leather straps running from lower to upper board; edges speckled in light red; marbled paste-downs. 403 × 268–272 × c. 115–122 mm. (book closed).

Fol. ‘494’ [498], with the itemized costs of decoration on its recto, was the parchment paste-down of the former medieval binding.


Origin: 13th century, end ; Italian, Bologna

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 (1970). 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)


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Last Substantive Revision

2020-04: Binding description added.