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

MS. Canon. Bibl. Lat. 78

Summary Catalogue no.: 18971


Language(s): Latin

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment


Good initials. (Pächt and Alexander iii. 1320)


16th(?)-century, Italian?: covering of red brocade with remains of a large leafy pattern (especially on the back cover), very worn; wood boards, bevelled, possibly earlier than the covering; traces in boards and brocade of two broad clasps/straps (all lost), possibly in two successive systems of strap-and-pin, then fore-edge clasps; gilt gauffered edges; spine lost, sides re-laid on an all-over red velvet covering, Bodleian, late 19th or 20th century. 194 × 132–134 × c. 74 mm. (book closed).


Origin: 13th century, second half ; French

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 (1973). 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: Binding description added.