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

MS. Canon. Class. Lat. 247

Summary Catalogue no.: 18828


Cicero, De oratore
Language(s): Latin

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment


Written in humanistic script. (Pächt and Alexander ii. 877)


Fine border.

  • Type border, lower margin
  • Subject Floral designs, medallion with erased coat of arms.

Fine initials. (Pächt and Alexander ii. 877, pl. LXXVIII)

fol. 1r

  • Type initial C
  • Subject Gold initial, doe, interlace, floral designs.

fol. 42v

  • Type initial M
  • Subject Stag, interlace, floral designs.

fol. 104r

  • Type initial I
  • Subject Stag, interlace, floral designs.


Origin: 15th century, third quarter ; Italian, probably Padua

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 (1 image 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.