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

MS. Canon. Bibl. Lat. 80

Summary Catalogue no.: 18973


Language(s): Latin

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment


Fine historiated initials.

Other initials. (Pächt and Alexander ii. 84, pl. VII)


15th century, second half, Italian: wood boards with pronounced inside bevel; brown leather with blind lines and strapwork tooling; spine cross-hatched with triple lines and punches; remains of four clasps (one intact and part of another) with flat trefoil-shaped brass fittings and straps of the same leather similarly decorated with blind lines; four brass corner-pieces and centrepieces incorporating domed bosses on each cover, all intact; four pins at upper centre of back cover in rectangular shape, doubtless to frame a lost label; gilt gauffered edges, very worn. 192–198 × 143–144 × c. 58–61 mm. (book closed).


Origin: 13th century, second half ; Italian, North

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).

Digital Images

Digital Bodleian (2 images from 35mm slides)

Last Substantive Revision

2020-04: Binding description added.