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

MS. Canon. Class. Lat. 11

Summary Catalogue no.: 18592


Language(s): Latin

Ovid, Fasti
(fol. 83v)
Colophon: Manu guidonis galeacii de pretis. anno 1.4.66. inceptus die xxiiij. Augusti et finitus die xxv. septembris ętatis suę anno quintodecimo.
2. (fol. 87v)
Ps.-Ovid, De pulice

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: paper
Extent: viii + 88 + i
Dimensions (leaf): 240 × 175 mm.


1 col., 30 lines, written space 155–60 × 100 mm.

Ruled on versos only.


Written in humanistic script by Guido Galeazzo de Pretis at the age of fifteen, fol. 83v.


Good historiated initials. Sketch, 16th century. (Pächt and Alexander ii. 395, pl. XXXVIII)

  • fol. 1r initial T: Germanicus Caesar and Ovid
  • fol. 13r initial I: Janus (head with two profile faces).
  • fol. 27v initial B: Mars (man in armour holding a spear).
  • fol. 42r initial A: Venus as a young woman in red dress; Cupid blindfolded, holding bow and arrow; another winged putto
  • fol. 70r initial H: Young man in short tunic.

Coloured coat of arms.



Origin: 1466 ; Italian, Mantua (?)

Provenance and Acquisition

Arms of Preti of Mantua.

Initials ‘Gui ga’ added (?), fol. 1

Matteo Luigi Canonici, 1727–1805

Giuseppe Canonici , -1807

Purchased by the Bodleian in 1817

MS. Canon. Class. Lat. 11, pastedowns


Language(s): Latin

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment




Origin: 12th century

Additional Information

Record Sources

Initials described by Elizabeth Solopova, c. 2000; other aspects of description adapted (Oct. 2019) from the following sources:
A. G. Watson, Catalogue of Dated and Datable Manuscripts c.435–1600 in Oxford Libraries (Oxford, 1984), no. 152 [colophon, physical description, date, localization]
Otto Pächt and J. J. G. Alexander, Illuminated Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library, Oxford, II (1970), no. 395 [decoration, script, provenance, pastedowns]
The Quarto Catalogue (H. O. Coxe, Catalogi codicum manuscriptorum Bibliothecæ Bodleianæ pars tertia codices Græcos et Latinos Canonicianos complectens, Quarto Catalogues III, 1854) [contents]

Digital Images

Digital Bodleian (3 images from 35mm slides)

Last Substantive Revision

2019-10-07: Revised to include all information in Watson, Pächt and Alexander, and Quarto catalogue.