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MS. Canon. Class. Lat. 8

Summary Catalogue no.: 18589


Ovid, Heroides

Ep. 15 is omitted; ep. 14 ends in l. 12.

Final rubric: Explicit liber Ovidii epistolarum
Language(s): Latin

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment
Extent: 48 leaves
Dimensions (leaf): 265 × 175 mm.


1 col., 36 lines; ruled space 187 × 105 mm.


Southern textualis; apparently written by Vianinus de Rampinis (see provenance; Pächt and Alexander ii. 775)


Good border.

Good historiated initial. (Pächt and Alexander ii. 775): fol. 1r, initial H, half-figure of a young woman (Penelope)

Coloured red initials, rubrics.


Red leather over bevelled wooden (medieval?) boards, with thin gilt roll around the edges; Italian, 18th century.


Origin: 15th century, beginning ; Italian, North-west

Provenance and Acquisition

‘Iste liber est mei Johannis Antonii necnon Vianini de Rampinis, qui pergimus ad scolas domini magistri Antonii de Nigris, qui est bonus magister in sua Gramaticha et in sua Loyca necnon in ejus scientia, ete.’; Antonio de Nigris was master of a grammar school at Voghera, near Pavia, in the early 15th century (G. Casalis, Dizionario geografico-storico-statistico-commerciale degli stati, XXVI (1854), p. 309).

Matteo Luigi Canonici, 1727–1805

Giuseppe Canonici , -1807

Purchased by the Bodleian in 1817

Record Sources

Description adapted by Matthew Holford (August 2022) from the following sources, with additional physical description and reference to published literature as cited:
Otto Pächt and J. J. G. Alexander, Illuminated Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library Oxford, II (1970), no. 775
H. O. Coxe, Catalogi codicum manuscriptorum Bibliothecæ Bodleianæ pars tertia codices Græcos et Latinos Canonicianos complectens, Quarto Catalogues III, 1854).

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Last Substantive Revision

2022-08: Description revised for digitization.