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

MS. Canon. Bibl. Lat. 79

Summary Catalogue no.: 18972


Language(s): Latin

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment


Good historiated initials.

Other initials.

Seven leaves with good border and initials added in Italy, c. 1300, fols. 182r-188v. (Pächt and Alexander i. 523)


15th century?, Italian: wood boards with narrow inside bevel, 15th-century additions on paste-downs; covering of plain red velvet, very worn, spine lost, re-laid onto modern velvet; traces of two lost strap-and-pin fastenings, running from front cover to centre back; edges possibly gilt, no traces of gauffering. Repaired 19th/20th century, Bodleian. 197 × 134 × c. 76–81 mm. (book closed).


Origin: 13th century, middle; French; added decoration, c. 1300 ; Italian

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 (1966). 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).

Digital Images

Digital Bodleian (1 image from 35mm slides)

Last Substantive Revision

2020-04: Binding description added.