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

MS. Canon. Class. Lat. 263

Summary Catalogue no.: 18844


Valerius Maximus, Memorabilia
Language(s): Latin

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: paper


Semi-humanistic script. (Pächt and Alexander ii. 821)


Initial. (Pächt and Alexander ii. 821)


15th century, middle, Italian (as MS.): wood boards; dark brown leather, tooled with triple blind lines in an overall pattern of originally 16 panels with diagonals (partly obscured by new spine(s)); remnants of two fore-edge clasps with lost straps of red textile; edges plain; boards severely damaged and wormed. First reback, 18th century, Italian, now preserved separately, with gilt spine of speckled brown leather and red-leather label; second reback, 1987, Bodleian. 290–292 × 207–210 × c. 50–53 mm. (book closed).


Origin: 15th century, middle ; Italian, North (?)

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.