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MS. Canon. Class. Lat. 221

Summary Catalogue no.: 18802


Cicero, De amicitia (with glosses)
Language(s): Latin
Cicero, De officiis
Language(s): Latin

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment


Fine historiated and other borders.

fol. 1r

  • Type border, left and lower margins
  • Subject Monkey and two hybrid human-animal figures, one playing bagpipes.

fol. 42v

  • Type border, upper, left and lower margins
  • Subject Grotesque.

fol. 59r

  • Type border, upper, left and lower margins
  • Subject Grotesque.

Fine initials. Close in style to Pietro da Pavia . (Pächt and Alexander ii. 194, pl. XVIII)

fol. 43v

  • Type initial Q
  • Subject Interlace, foliage, two intertwined dragons.


Origin: 14th century, end ; Italian, Lombardy

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).

Digital Images

Digital Bodleian (4 images from 35mm slides)

Last Substantive Revision

2018-10-14: Mitch Fraas Provenance and acquisition information added using https://github.com/littlegustv/oxfordupdates/blob/master/test_case_for_oxford_prov.rb in collaboration with the Mapping Manuscript Migrations project.