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

MS. Canon. Class. Lat. 32

Summary Catalogue no.: 18613


Lucretius, De natura rerum
Language(s): Latin

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment


15th century third quarter, Italian (as MS.): wood boards; reddish-brown leather with blind strapwork tooling and groups of lighter (?painted) punched spots; spine cross-hatched with blind triple lines; gilt gauffered edges; remnants of four clasps with patterned green textile straps, mostly lost. Condition poor, but mostly unrestored. c. 224 × 143 × c. 36–38 mm. (book closed).


Origin: 15th century, third quarter; Italian

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). Binding and revised date and localization of MS.: 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)

Last Substantive Revision

2020-04: Binding description added, date and localization revised.