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

MS. Canon. Class. Lat. 235

Summary Catalogue no.: 18816


Cicero, Disputationes Tusculanae (end lost)
Language(s): Latin

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment


Fine border.

Initial. (Pächt and Alexander ii. 777, pl. LXXIII)


15th century, Northern European?: wood boards almost flush with textblock, curved outside bevel; red tawed leather with blind triple lines making a pattern with lost bosses (three at each edge and one central); corners protected at edges with metal studs, mostly extant; remains of two nailed clasps with lost textile straps; edges plain, title in ink at lower edge. 238–239 × 173 × c. 35–38 mm. (book closed).


Origin: 15th century, beginning ; Italian, North-east

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). 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.