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

MS. Canon. Class. Lat. 287

Summary Catalogue no.: 18868


Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment


Fine border.

Fine historiated initial. (Pächt and Alexander ii. 123, pl. XII)

fol. 1r

  • Type initial I
  • Subject A young man, in a gown of a university master, holding a book.

fol. 44r

  • Type initial I
  • Subject Grotesque with a serpent-like body, which coils around the initial.


Origin: 14th century, second quarter ; 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).

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.