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

MS. Canon. Class. Lat. 169

Summary Catalogue no.: 18750


Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment


Good border (arms).

Good initials (faceted capitals). (Pächt and Alexander ii. 524)


15th century third quarter, Italian, Venice? (as MS.): wood boards; dark brown leather blind-tooled with lines and strapwork, spine cross-hatched with blind triple lines; remains of two clasps with straps of red tawed leather (lost) and trefoil-shaped catch-plates. 206–207 × c. 140 × c. 37–39 mm. (book closed).


Origin: 15th century, third quarter ; Italian, Venice

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).



    Tammaro de Marinis, La legatura artistica in Italia nei secoli XV e XVI, 3 vols., Florence 1960, III 2946 (under Naples)

Last Substantive Revision

2020-04: Binding description added.