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

MS. Canon. Class. Lat. 156

Summary Catalogue no.: 18737


Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: paper


Good initials. Autograph corrections by Ficino. Humanistic script. (Pächt and Alexander ii. 323)


15th century, last quarter, Italian, Florence (as MS.): wood boards; dark red leather, blind-tooled with lines and strapwork; traces of two fore-edge clasps, once with red-leather straps and scallop-shell shaped catch-plates, all lost; spine lost; edges plain, fore-edge title ‘AMOR.PLATONIS’ in ink. Rebacked at Bodleian, 1955. 216–217 × 142 × c. 27–29 mm. (book closed).


Origin: between 1475 and 1480 (?) ; Italian, Florence

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). 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 (4 images from 35mm slides)



    Tammaro de Marinis, La legatura artistica in Italia nei secoli XV e XVI, 3 vols., Florence 1960, III no. 3037 bis (under Florence)
    Anthony Hobson, Humanists and bookbinders: the origins and diffusion of the humanistic bookbinding 1459–1559 …, Cambridge 1989, p. 20 and n. 34, fig. 14.

Last Substantive Revision

2020-04: Binding description added.