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

MS. Canon. Class. Lat. 180

Summary Catalogue no.: 18761


Suetonius, Vitae xii Caesarum
Language(s): Latin

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment


Humanistic script. (Pächt and Alexander ii. 272)


Fine border. Fol. 1r: full border. Interlace, floral designs, gold disks, a medallion with a coat of arms in the lower margin (vert a lion natural tongued gules and holding a sword argent with overall a bar gules).

Fine initials. (Pächt and Alexander ii. 272, pl. XXV)


15th century, third quarter, Italian (as MS.): wood boards; brown leather, blind-tooled with multiple lines and strapwork framing a round centrepiece on each cover, triple cross-hatching on spine; remains of four clasps with straps of red textile (lost) and flat trefoil-shaped brass catch-plates; gilt gauffered edges with early title in ink on fore-edge. 223–224 × 180 × c. 43–44 mm. (book closed).


Origin: 15th century, third quarter (c. 1450–1460) ; 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). 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)

Last Substantive Revision

2020-04: Binding description added.