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MS. Canon. Class. Lat. 66

Summary Catalogue no.: 18647


Servius, Commentary on Virgil

Aeneid, fol. 1; Eclogues, fol. 240; Georgics, fol. 269v.

Colophon: (fol. 319) Istum librum scripsit frater christoforus de Soncino ordinis predicatorum ad usum Mei Gerardi de .elle Anno domini Mºccccºliijº die iijª mensis Februarii. etc.
Language(s): Latin

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: paper
Extent: ii + 317 fols.
Dimensions (leaf): 282 × 215 mm.


1 col., 33 lines, written space 175–80 × 115–20 mm.


Spaces left for initials.


Origin: 1453 ; Italian

Provenance and Acquisition

Written for Gherardo de .elle by Cristoforo de Soncino OP.

Matteo Luigi Canonici, 1727–1805

Giuseppe Canonici , -1807

Purchased by the Bodleian in 1817

MS. Canon. Class. Lat. 66, endleaves (fols. 1–2)


Language(s): Latin

⟨Aesopus moralizatus abbreviatus⟩
Incipit: ||Esopus tetigit consona uerba mouens (xxi a)
Explicit: In miseros armet, nam potes esse miser (xliii)||

The text (cf. WIC 20163, inc. ‘Verborum levitas morum fert pondus honestum’) comprises the concluding distichs from each tale of the Aesopus moralizatus (Hervieux, Les fabulistes latins, II. 316–351), each distich preceded by a rubric.

With later annotations and notes.

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment
Extent: bifolium (text is continuous)
Dimensions (leaf): 280 × 210 mm.


1 col., 19–20 lines, written space 210 × 140 mm.


Southern textualis



Red and blue paraphs.


Origin: 14th century ; Italy

Additional Information

Record Sources

Description adapted (Nov. 2019) by Matthew Holford from the following sources, with additional description of fols. 1–2:
A. G. Watson, Catalogue of Dated and Datable Manuscripts c.435–1600 in Oxford Libraries (Oxford, 1984), no. 160 [colophon, physical description, origin, date]
(H. O. Coxe, Catalogi codicum manuscriptorum Bibliothecæ Bodleianæ pars tertia codices Græcos et Latinos Canonicianos complectens, Quarto Catalogues III, 1854) [contents]

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.