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. (P&A 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, P&A, and Quarto catalogue.