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

MS. Canon. Class. Lat. 228

Summary Catalogue no.: 18809


Ps.-Cicero, Rhetorica ad Herennium
Language(s): Latin
Boethius, De differentiis topicis (bk. iv)
Language(s): Latin

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment


Humanistic script by two hands. (Pächt and Alexander ii. 715, pl. LXIX)


Fine border.

  • Type full border
  • Subject Gold bars, decorated with grotesque aiming a bow, animals, birds, leaves and gold disks.

Fine initial.

fol. 1r

  • Type initial E(t)
  • Subject Pink initial on gold background, decorated with coiled stems, flowers and leaves.

Sketches, fol. 67v, 15th century, end. (Pächt and Alexander ii. 715, pl. LXIX)

fol. 67v

  • Type drawing
  • Subject Sketches of feet and hands, 15th century, end.


Origin: 15th century, middle ; Italian, Milan

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 (3 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.