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MS. Canon. Class. Lat. 168

Summary Catalogue no.: 18749


Apicius, De re coquinaria
Language(s): Latin

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment
Extent: ii + 78 + iv fols.
Dimensions (leaf): 204 × 125 mm.


1 col., 21 lines, 115 × 97 mm.


Written in humanistic script by Pierantonio Sallando of Reggio , fol. 78. (Pächt and Alexander ii. 668)


Fine borders.

Initials. Written in humanistic script by Pierantonio Sallando of Reggio , fol. 78. (Pächt and Alexander ii. 668, pl. LXIV)

fol. 1r

  • Type full border
  • Subject Architectural frontispiece with cooking implements. Coat of arms of Rossi of Bologna.


15th century, end, Italian, Bologna (as MS.): wood boards with inside bevel; dark brown leather with blind lines, stamps, strapwork centrepieces and gilt infilling; one of two fore-edge clasps surviving; gilt gauffered edges; spine lost. Twice rebacked, 18th-century, Italian, and 1949, Bodleian. 211 × 133–134 × c. 26 mm. (book closed). Cf. MS. Canon. Class. Lat. 167.


Origin: 1490 ; Italian, Bologna

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). Extent, dimensions and layout from Watson (1984). Additional description of decoration by Elizabeth Solopova, c. 2000. 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 (3 images from 35mm slides)



    Tammaro de Marinis, La legatura artistica in Italia nei secoli XV e XVI, 3 vols., Florence 1960, II no. 1406 B (under Bologna).

    Printed descriptions:

    A. Watson, Catalogue of Dated and Datable Manuscripts in Oxford Libraries (1984), no. 176

Last Substantive Revision

2024-05: Add extent, leaf dimensions and layout from Watson, Dated and Datable.