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

MS. Canon. Class. Lat. 100

Summary Catalogue no.: 18681


Terence, Comedies
Language(s): Latin

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment


Fine border.

Historiated initials.

Other initials. Humanistic script. (Pächt and Alexander ii. 406, pl. XXXIX)

fol. 3v

  • Type initial V
  • Subject Profile portrait of the author.
  • Type full border
  • Subject Interlaced stems, putti, wreath, left blank to be filled with a coat of arms.


15th century, third quarter, Italian (as MS.): wood boards, narrow inside bevel; brown leather, blind-tooled with lines, stamps and strapwork; remnants of two clasps with lost red textile straps; gilt gauffered edges (very worn). Added gilt papal armorial centrepieces of Clement VIII (1592–1605). Rebacked, 18th century, Italian, with gilt lines, floral stamps and green leather label. 272–273 × 185–188 × c. 31–32 mm. (book closed).


Origin: 15th century, third quarter ; Italian, Ferrara

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). Additional description of decoration by Elizabeth Solopova, c. 2000. 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.