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

MS. Canon. Class. Lat. 81

Summary Catalogue no.: 18662

Contents

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment

Decoration

Fine miniatures, borders, initials. By Giovanni di Bartolo Bettini da Fano . Humanistic script. (P&A ii. 830, pl. LXXV)

fol. 1r

  • Type full border
  • Subject Floral designs, putti, bird (added).

fol. 2r

  • Type miniature
  • Subject Soldiers building tents; king on horseback, surrounded by companions on horseback, followed by an army of soldiers on foot and on horseback.
  • Type miniature
  • Subject Two horsemen in fine dress with lances approach each other, followed by their armies on foot and on horseback.
  • Type border, lower margin
  • Subject Floral designs, bird.

fol. 16r

  • Type miniature
  • Subject Siege of a walled city.

fol. 16v

  • Type miniature
  • Subject Galleys on sea.
  • Type border, lower margin
  • Subject Floral designs, putto, rabbit.

fol. 27r

  • Type miniature
  • Subject Siege of a walled city; galleys approaching the shore and engaging in battle with armoured soldiers on horseback.
  • Type border, lower margin
  • Subject Floral designs, putto.

fol. 37v

  • Type miniature
  • Subject Army with leader on horseback, in laurel wreath, approaches a walled city; citizens with branches wait by the gate; sea with galleys in the background.
  • Type border, lower margin
  • Subject Floral designs, putto, bird.

fol. 49v

  • Type miniature
  • Subject Military camp.

fol. 50

  • Type miniature
  • Subject Army with leader on horseback, in laurel wreath, marching through a field; hills and walled city in the background.
  • Type border, lower margin
  • Subject Floral designs, putti.

fol. 60v

  • Type miniature
  • Subject Army leader on horseback, in laurel wreath, speaks to two messengers (?); soldiers on foot and on horseback; three young men on horseback with two dogs in the foreground.

fol. 61r

  • Type miniature
  • Subject Army with leader, in laurel wreath, enters a city; inside the city a crowd of men watch two men wrestling (?).
  • Type border, lower margin
  • Subject Floral designs.

fol. 70r

  • Type miniature
  • Subject Galley with sailors on sea; small island with trees and birds; another galley at a distance.

fol. 70v

  • Type miniature
  • Subject Wrecked galley; sailors in water clinging to barrels and pieces of wood.
  • Type border, lower margin
  • Subject Floral designs; putti.

fol. 82v

  • Type miniature
  • Subject Shipwrecked man, clinging to a piece of wood, is washed out on the shore; hills, trees with birds, fox, walled city in the background.

fol. 83r

  • Type miniature
  • Subject Island with castle, woman sitting under trees, birds, animals and three badly damaged human figures.
  • Type drawing, right margin
  • Subject Putto, riding a bird.
  • Type border, lower margin
  • Subject Interlace; floral designs.

fol. 91r

  • Type miniature
  • Subject Man, preparing to strike a lamb and a calf with a club next to a cave with burning fire; a bearded man with a book speaking to two young men; a standing woman addressing three women seated on grass under trees; armoured soldiers; a young man with a bow and musical instrument and a group of men in long tunics and cloaks.

fol. 91v

  • Type border, upper and left margins
  • Subject Floral designs, putti.

fol. 100v

  • Type miniature
  • Subject Marching army; galleys on sea; rain and rainbow.
  • Type border, right margin
  • Subject Interlace; floral designs; putti.

fol. 112v

  • Type miniature
  • Subject Marching army; river; a group of riders; castles; walled city; harbour with boats.
  • Type border, right margin
  • Subject Interlace; floral designs; birds.

fol. 119v

  • Type miniature
  • Subject Battle scene.

fol. 120r

  • Type miniature
  • Subject Siege of a walled city; sea with galleys (upper part), marching army (lower part).
  • Type border, right margin
  • Subject Interlace; floral designs.

fol. 137r

  • Type miniature
  • Subject Maisons and builders at work on a half-finished classical building.
  • Type border, right margin
  • Subject Interlace; floral designs; putto.

History

Origin: 1457-1468 ; Italian, Rimini

Provenance and Acquisition

Matteo Luigi Canonici, 1727-1805

Giuseppe Canonici , -1807

Purchased by the Bodleian in 1817

Record Sources

Summary description by Elizabeth Solopova and Matthew Holford, based on the Quarto Catalogue (H. O. Coxe, Catalogi codicum manuscriptorum Bibliothecæ Bodleianæ pars tertia codices Græcos et Latinos Canonicianos complectens, Quarto Catalogues III, 1854) and supplementary sources.

Digital Images

Digital Bodleian (25 images from 35mm slides)