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

MS. Canon. Class. Lat. 187

Summary Catalogue no.: 18768


Aristotle, Ethics (tr. Leonardo Bruni .
Language(s): Latin

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment


Humanistic script attributable to Domenico di Niccolò Pollini . (Pächt and Alexander ii. 218


Fine initials. (Pächt and Alexander ii. 218, pl. XIX)


15th century, second quarter, Italian, Florence (as MS.): wood boards; reddish-brown leather, blind-tooled with lines, dots and strapwork to form an eight-point star as centrepiece (Islamic influence?), and spine cross-hatched with double lines and dots in diaper pattern; remnants of two clasps with lost straps of blue patterned fabric; edges plain, trace of ink title. 268 × 178 × c. 33–36 mm. (book closed).


Origin: 1434 ; 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). 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 (1 image of binding from 35mm slides)



    Tammaro de Marinis, La legatura artistica in Italia nei secoli XV e XVI, 3 vols., Florence 1960, III no. 3022 (under Florence)
    Anthony Hobson, Humanists and bookbinders: the origins and diffusion of the humanistic bookbinding 1459–1559 …, Cambridge 1989, p. 19 and n. 23.

    Printed descriptions:

    A. Watson, Catalogue of Dated and Datable Manuscripts in Oxford Libraries (1984), no. 178

Last Substantive Revision

2020-04: Binding description added.