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MS. Canon. Class. Lat. 252

Summary Catalogue no.: 18833


Cicero, De officiis (with commentary) (end lost)
Language(s): Latin

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment


Fine miniatures.

fol. 1r

  • Type miniature
  • Subject Man offering keys to another, both in red cloaks; four other figures in long tunics and cloaks stand around.

Fine borders.

Fine historiated initials. (Pächt and Alexander ii. 126, pl. XII)

fol. 2v

  • Type initial T
  • Subject Two men in robes and headdresses; one hands a small dog over to another.

fol. 28v

  • Type initial Q
  • Subject A man and a woman embracing.

fol. 44v

  • Type initial P
  • Subject Two figures in the loop of the initial; one leans out to grapple with a third figure in the border.


Origin: 14th century, middle ; Italian, Bologna

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.