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

MS. Canon. Bibl. Lat. 93

Summary Catalogue no.: 18986


Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment


Fine historiated initials.

Other initials (partly mutilated). (Pächt and Alexander iii. 361, pl. XXXI)


18th century, later, Italian, Venice: wood(?) boards, medium-brown diced leather with overall blind tooling of lines, rolls and stamps, in an elaborate panel around a small lozenge and centrepiece; spine with gilt lines and red-leather label; flyleaves watermarked with ‘tre lune’ and ‘GFA’. 340–342 × 244–248 × c. 79–85 mm. (book closed).

Fols. i and 246 are parchment paste-downs, reused from French documents of c. 1438 and 1446, from a previous intermediate binding with marks of two fore-edge clasps.


Origin: 13th century, first quarter ; English

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).

Digital Images

Digital Bodleian (3 images from 35mm slides)

Last Substantive Revision

2020-04: Binding description added.