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
Extent: 234 fols.
Dimensions (leaf): 405 × 283 mm.


2 cols., 51 lines, 258 × 80 mm.


Written in humanistic script in 1456 whilst Dominus Dominicus Bragadenus was lecturing, fol. 234. (Pächt and Alexander ii. 493)


Fine historiated border (unfinished).

fol. 1r

  • Type border
  • Subject Two angels suporting a wreath, left blank to be filled with a coat of arms (pen sketch).

Fine initial. (Pächt and Alexander ii. 493)

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.

Spaces left blank for initials thoughout the text, never filled in.


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 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). Extent, dimensions and layout from Watson (1984).


    Printed descriptions:

    A. Watson, Catalogue of Dated and Datable Manuscripts in Oxford Libraries (1984), no. 201

Last Substantive Revision

2024-05: Add extent, leaf dimensions and layout from Watson, Dated and Datable.