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MS. Canon. Class. Lat. 296

Summary Catalogue no.: 18877


Livy, Third decade
Language(s): Latin

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment


Fine initials. Written in humanistic script by Giovanfrancesco Marzi of San Gimignano at Peccioli in 1476, fol. 227v. Fol. 1 a later replacement. (Pächt and Alexander ii. 307, pl. XXVIII)


15th century, Italian (as MS.): wood boards; reddish-brown leather, blind-tooled with multiple lines and stamps including laurel and near-strapwork designs, and spine cross-hatched with double lines; gilt gauffered edges; slots cut in front board under leather for four broad straps or clasps (absent, perhaps never completed, no matching evidence in lower board). 372 × 252–254 × c. 70 mm. (book closed). A pair with MS. Canon. Class. Lat. 297, which shows the same anomaly over clasps, tools not quite identical.


Origin: 1476 ; Italian, Tuscany

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). Binding: B. C. Barker-Benfield, Bookbindings of Canonici manuscripts : a survey of early and non-standard bindings, mostly Italian, in the Canonici collection of the Bodleian Library, University of Oxford (Oxford, privately printed, 2020).

Digital Images

Digital Bodleian (2 images from 35mm slides)


    Printed descriptions:

    A. Watson, Catalogue of Dated and Datable Manuscripts in Oxford Libraries (1984), no. 203

Last Substantive Revision

2020-04: Binding description added.