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

MS. Canon. Class. Lat. 183

Summary Catalogue no.: 18764


Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: paper


15th century, after 1487?, Italian: wood boards, left bare; quarter-leather spine (dark yellow, rough finish), fixed with vertical lines of 1+4+1 nails (lining strips once under the nails, lost); owner’s name in ink on the leather, 15th century; remnants of one central clasp with lost strap of red tawed leather, metal catch-plate embossed with lamb-and-flag under a sun or star; edges plain. c. 310 × 220 x. c. 27 mm. (book closed).

Accompanying Material

Fol. 51 is a scrap leaf from a glossed civil-law text (Justinian, Codex, VII.4.2–17), 14th century, Italian, with ex libris of a student at Padua University dated 1487: possibly a flyleaf or part-wrapper from a previous binding.


Origin: 15th century

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). Binding and fol. 51: 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.