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

MS. Canon. Class. Lat. 170

Summary Catalogue no.: 18751


Sallust, Catilina
Language(s): Latin
Sallust, Jugurtha
Language(s): Latin

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment


Humanistic script. (Pächt and Alexander ii. 422)


Fine initials. (Pächt and Alexander ii. 422)


15th century 3rd quarter, Italian (as MS.): wood boards with narrow inside bevel; light brown leather, blind-tooled with lines, punches and strapwork, spine cross-hatched with blind lines; central fore-edge clasp with surviving strap of red and gold textile, and trefoil-shaped catch-plate embossed with two gothic ‘S’ letters; edges gilt, gauffered. 194 × c. 127 × c. 27–28 mm. (book closed).


Origin: 15th century, third quarter ; Italian, Ferrara (?)

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)

Last Substantive Revision

2020-04: Binding description added.