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

MS. Canon. Class. Lat. 68

Summary Catalogue no.: 18649


Lucan, Pharsalia
Language(s): Latin

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment


Fine borders.

fol. 1r

  • Type full border
  • Subject Floral designs, gold disks, partially erased coat of arms.

Fine historiated initials.

fol. 1r

  • Type initial C
  • Subject Profile half-figure of the author, wearing a hood, hand raised.
  • Type initial B
  • Subject Julius Caeser (profile half-figure of a bearded man in armour, wreath on the head, hand raised).

Fine initials. (Pächt and Alexander ii. 193, pl. XVIII)


Origin: 14th century, end ; 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)

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.