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

MS. Canon. Bibl. Lat. 84

Summary Catalogue no.: 18977


Epistle and Gospel list

Written after the book of Job (fols. 176–7) and at the end of the apocalypse (fol. 382v). Incipits and explicits.

Language(s): Latin

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment
Extent: i + 406 + i fol.
Dimensions (leaf): 198 × 145 mm.
Dimensions (written): 135 × 92 mm.


2 col. of 51–4 lines


16th century (1545 or later), German: wood boards, with partial outside bevel allowing corners to stand proud; brown leather, tooled around edges with a broad blind roll comprising named busts of Luther, Melancthon and Erasmus; central gilt panels with floral and acanthus stamps and wording ‘BIBLIA’ and ‘1545’ on both covers; two clasps, partly surviving with one brown-leather (? replacement) strap, running from back cover to front in northern fashion. The date is shared with other bindings especially from Wittenberg, possibly commemorating the 1545 ‘Wittenberg Reformation’. 212–215 × c. 149 × c. 60–63 mm. (book closed).


Origin: Italy; 14th century

Provenance and Acquisition

In 1721 in the possession of 'Joan. Fyer'.

'Deinde a comite Witzai, Hungaro, don. miss. Venetias amico abbati Canonici, an. 1802'.

Guiseppe Canonici.

Purchased by the Bodleian in 1817.

Record Sources

Description adapted (April 2020) from the following sources:
S. J. P. Van Dijk, Handlist of the Latin Liturgical Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library Oxford : Vol. 1: Mass Books (typescript, 1957) (fols. 28–34)
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) [binding]
Previously described in the Quarto Catalogue (H. O. Coxe, Catalogi codicum manuscriptorum Bibliothecæ Bodleianæ pars tertia codices Græcos et Latinos Canonicianos complectens, Quarto Catalogues III, 1854).

Last Substantive Revision

2020-04: Binding description added.