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

MS. Canon. Class. Lat. 245

Summary Catalogue no.: 18826


Cicero, De senectute
Language(s): Latin
Cicero, De amicitia
Language(s): Latin
Cicero, Paradoxa
Language(s): Latin

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment


Humanistic script. (Pächt and Alexander ii. 410)


Good initials. (Pächt and Alexander ii. 410)


15th century, third quarter, Italian (as MS.): wood boards with curved outside bevel; dark brown leather, blind-tooled with lines, punches and strapwork to form an eight-pointed star as centrepiece (Islamic influence?); four star-shaped bosses on each cover; two clasps with leather straps partly surviving after repairs; edges gilt and ?gauffered (very worn); remains of paper label on back cover. Extensive 20th-century repairs, spine re-laid. 228–229 × 135 × c. 25 mm. (book closed).


Origin: 15th century, third quarter ; Italian, Ferrara (?)

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.