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

MS. Canon. Bibl. Lat. 81

Summary Catalogue no.: 18974


Language(s): Latin

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment


A composite binding, Italian?, of wood boards with later enhancements. Late medieval wood boards with curved bevel, possible traces of a former chain-staple at centre foot of lower board.

Leather and/or metalwork added in the 16th century(?) or partly later with archaizing effect: dark red leather with crude gilt lines and a dotted rectangular stamp on covers and spine; three clasps, one on each edge, partly surviving, with dark-red leather straps and metal fittings embossed ‘aue’ or ‘yh’s’; four ornamental brass corner-bosses and centrepieces glued on each cover, perhaps still later; edges irregularly speckled. 206–207 × 140–141 × c. 70–75 mm. (book closed).


Origin: 14th century

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). 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.