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

MS. Canon. Class. Lat. 246

Summary Catalogue no.: 18827


Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment


Humanistic script. (Pächt and Alexander ii. 867


Good historiated border. Fol. 1r: full border. Interlace, floral designs, bird, two putti supporting a shield with a coat of arms (checky argent and sable, on a chief argent the initials 'B B B' (?)).

Initial. (Pächt and Alexander ii. 867, pl. LXXVII)


15th century, third quarter, Italian (as MS.): wood boards with narrow inside bevel; medium-brown leather, blind-tooled with quadruple lines and stamps, including acanthus-leaf and near-strapwork designs; spine cross-hatched; remnants of one central fore-edge clasp with lost strap of similar leather; edges plain. Modern canvas repair to spine. 230 × 145 × c. 37 mm. (book closed).

Accompanying Material

Front endleaves are a fragment from a 14th-century Latin civil-law manuscript in two columns.


Origin: 15th century, third quarter ; Italian, probably 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). Additional description of decoration by Elizabeth Solopova, c. 2000. Binding and endleaves: 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.