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

MS. Canon. Class. Lat. 20

Summary Catalogue no.: 18601


Ovid, Ars amatoria
Language(s): Latin
Ovid, Remedia amoris
Language(s): Latin
Ovid, Amores
Language(s): Latin
Ovid, Ibis
Language(s): Latin

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment, paper


15th century, end, Italian (as MS.): wood boards with gentle outside bevel, left bare; quarter-binding originally of dark brown leather (lost), no nail holes; remnants of a single central clasp with a plain tawed -leather strap (lost); endbands of dark tanned leather, oversewn with pale thread, perhaps original; flyleaves of medieval documents. Rebacked in lighter leather for Bodleian, 20th century. 208 × 134–136 × c. 35 mm. (book closed).


Origin: 15th century, end

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: 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.