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MS. Canon. Class. Lat. 21

Summary Catalogue no.: 18602


Sextus Rufus Festus, Breuiarium rerum gestarum populi Romani
Colophon: (fol. 40v (39v)) ... explicit feliciter ... Anno domini ⟨M⟩ CCCC.XXXI die .xviii. Iunii. Vale.

First leaf of text missing.

Language(s): Latin

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment
Extent: 39 fols.
Dimensions (leaf): 118 × 75 mm.


1 col., 13 lines, written space 67 × 40 mm.


The main scribe appears also to have written BL, MS. Harley 3925.

The final leaf, with the colophon, if in a different hand, probably identifiable as Ser Giovanni di Stia. Both scribes worked in Florence.


Coloured initials.


Origin: 1431 ; Italian, Florence

Provenance and Acquisition

Matteo Luigi Canonici, 1727–1805

Giuseppe Canonici , -1807

Purchased by the Bodleian in 1817

Record Sources

Description adapted (Oct. 2019) from A. G. Watson, Catalogue of Dated and Datable Manuscripts c.435–1600 in Oxford Libraries (Oxford, 1984), no. 154. Previously described in the Quarto Catalogue (H. O. Coxe, Catalogi codicum manuscriptorum Bibliothecæ Bodleianæ pars tertia codices Græcos et Latinos Canonicianos complectens, Quarto Catalogues III, 1854).

Last Substantive Revision

2019-10-07: Revised to include all information in Watson, Pächt and Alexander, and Quarto catalogue.