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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


Written in humanistic script by Hieronimus Baliocus of Novara , fol. 487v. (Pächt and Alexander ii. 744)


Fine borders.

fol. 1r

  • Type full 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.

Fine initials. (Pächt and Alexander ii. 744, pl. LXXI)

fol. 1r

  • Type initial L
  • Subject 15-line gold initial with white vine-stem decoration on green, blue and pink background.

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.


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 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 (2 images from 35mm slides)


    Printed descriptions:

    A. Watson, Catalogue of Dated and Datable Manuscripts in Oxford Libraries (1984), no. 202

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.