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

MS. Canon. Class. Lat. 286

Summary Catalogue no.: 18867


Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: paper


Fine historiated border (unfinished), initial. Written in humanistic script in 1456 whilst Dominus Dominicus Bragadenus was lecturing, fol. 234. (P&A ii. 493) Spaces left blank for initials thoughout the text, never filled in.

fol. 1r

  • Type initial M
  • Subject Gold half-page initial with white vine-stem decoration and nude human figures, climbing vine stems and bars of the initial, on blue, pink and green background.
  • Type border
  • Subject Two angels suporting a wreath, left blank to be filled with a coat of arms (pen sketch).


Origin: 1456 ; Italian, Venice

Provenance and Acquisition

Matteo Luigi Canonici, 1727-1805

Giuseppe Canonici , -1807

Purchased by the Bodleian in 1817

Record Sources

Summary description by Elizabeth Solopova and Matthew Holford, based on the Quarto Catalogue (H. O. Coxe, Catalogi codicum manuscriptorum Bibliothecæ Bodleianæ pars tertia codices Græcos et Latinos Canonicianos complectens, Quarto Catalogues III, 1854) and supplementary sources.