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

MS. Canon. Class. Lat. 31

Summary Catalogue no.: 18612


Propertius, Elegies
Language(s): Latin

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment


Fine borders.

Historiated initials.

Other initials.

By Monte or Gherardo di Giovanni di Miniato (del Fora) and workshop. Humanistic script attributable to Antonio Sinibaldi . (Pächt and Alexander ii. 331, pl. XXXI)

fol. 1r

  • Type initial C
  • Subject Portrait of the author, holding a book.
  • Type border, upper, left and lower margins
  • Subject Grotesques, folliage and flowers. At the bottom of the page two hybrid figures support Medici arms.


15th century, end, Italian, Florence (as MS.): wood boards with narrow inside bevel; dark red leather with blind and gilt strapwork tooling; gilt gauffered edges; pink endbands; four lost clasps. A high-quality binding, in unrestored condition. 267–268 × 157–158 × c. 35–37 mm. (book closed).


Origin: 15th century, end ; Italian, Florence

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). Additional description of decoration by Elizabeth Solopova, c. 2000. 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 (7 images from 35mm slides)

Last Substantive Revision

2020-04: Binding description added.