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

MS. Canon. Class. Lat. 232

Summary Catalogue no.: 18813


Ps.-Cicero, Rhetorica ad Herennium
Language(s): Latin

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment


Written in humanistic script by Bartolomeo Paruta , fol. 54. (Pächt and Alexander ii. 483)


Fine border.

  • Type full border
  • Subject Gold bars, decorated with flowers and leaves; medallion with a bird; medallion with the arms of the Paruta family, Venice (?) (partly erased).

Fine initials. (Pächt and Alexander ii. 483, pl. XLVI)

fol. 1r

  • Type initial E(t)
  • Subject 7-line pink initial, on gold and blue background, decorated with acanthus leaves and arabesque designs.

Pink initials on gold and blue background, decorated with acanthus leaves and gold disks on fols. 7v and 20v.

Alternating red and blue initials with contrasting purple and red penwork.


Origin: 15th century, middle ; Italian, Venice (?)

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).

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.