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MS. Canon. Class. Lat. 295

Summary Catalogue no.: 18876


Pliny , Natural History
Language(s): Latin

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment


Fine borders, initials. Written in humanistic script by Hieronimus Baliocus of Novara , fol. 487v. (P&A ii. 744, pl. LXXI)

8- to 13-line gold initials in two styles (changing at fol. 104r), with white vine-stem decoration on green, blue and pink background, and sprays of leaves, flowers, berries and gold disks extending into margins, on fols. 24r, 43v, 54r, 63v, 89v, 104r, 119r, 131v, 145r, 171r, 179r, 188r, 197r, 212v, 229v, 252r, 280v, 293v, 305r, 316v, 342r, 353r, 363v, 382r, 392r, 402r, 411r, 421v, 432r, 445v, 460r, 473v.

2-line blue, green and gold initials with red and purple penwork.

fol. 1r

  • Type initial L
  • Subject 15-line gold initial with white vine-stem decoration on green, blue and pink background.
  • Type ifull border
  • Subject Rectangular border in gold frame with white vine-stem decoration on green, blue and pink background; human figure with a barrel (?) (rubbed) in left margin; nude human figure climbing the stems in lower margin; diamond-shaped panel with jewels in upper margin (rubbed); laurel wreath with arms of Gian Matteo Bottigella and his initials 'IO' and 'MA' in lower margin; laurel wreaths in four corners of the border with the emblems of his wife, Bianca Visconti.


Origin: 1479 ; Italian, Lombardy

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.

Digital Images

Digital Bodleian (2 images from 35mm slides)