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MS. Canon. Class. Lat. 11

Summary Catalogue no.: 18592


Ovid , Fasti
Language(s): Latin
Ps.-Ovid , De pulice
Language(s): Latin

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: paper


Good historiated initials. Written in humanistic script by Guido Galeazzo de Pretis at the age of fifteen, fol. 83v. Pastedowns from a Homiliary with initials, 12th century, and sketch, 16th century. (P&A ii. 395, pl. XXXVIII)

fol. 1r

  • Type initial T
  • Subject Gremanicus Caesar and Ovid.

fol. 13r

  • Type initial I
  • Subject Janus (head with two profile faces).

fol. 27v

  • Type initial B
  • Subject Mars (man in armour holding a spear).

fol. 42r

  • Type initial A
  • Subject Venus as a young woman in red dress; Cupid blindfolded, holding bow and arrow; another winged putto.

fol. 70r

  • Type initial H
  • Subject Young man in short tunic.


Origin: 1466 ; Italian, Mantua

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).

Digital Images

Digital Bodleian (3 images from 35mm slides)