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MS. Canon. Class. Lat. 14

Summary Catalogue no.: 18595


Ovid, Heroides

Ep. 15 is omitted; ep. 14 ends in l. 12.

Language(s): Latin

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment
Extent: 64 leaves
Dimensions (leaf): 227 × 163 mm.


1 col., 27 lines; ruled space 163 × 102 mm.




Fine historiated border, fol. 1r: foliage; shield left empty to be filled with a coat of arms; young man in red tunic (badly rubbed).

Fine initial (partly rubbed), fol. 1r: initial H, pink initial on gold background, infilled with a figure of a young woman (Penelope)

Sketch, fol. 64v, 15th century, armed man on horseback

fol. 64v, penwork initial with a face of a bearded man.

Coloured initials, rubrics.

(Pächt and Alexander ii. 774)


Plain parchment over pasteboards, Italian, 18th(?) century.


Origin: 15th century, beginning ; Italian, North-west

Provenance and Acquisition

Matteo Luigi Canonici, 1727–1805

Giuseppe Canonici , -1807

Purchased by the Bodleian in 1817.

Record Sources

Description adapted by Matthew Holford (August 2022) from the following sources, with additional physical description:
Otto Pächt and J. J. G. Alexander, Illuminated Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library Oxford, II (1970), no. 774
H. O. Coxe, Catalogi codicum manuscriptorum Bibliothecæ Bodleianæ pars tertia codices Græcos et Latinos Canonicianos complectens, Quarto Catalogues III, 1854).

Digital Images

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Last Substantive Revision

2022-08: Description revised for publication on Digital Bodleian.