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

MS. Canon. Class. Lat. 98

Summary Catalogue no.: 18679


Terence, Comedies (defective at beginning and end)
Language(s): Latin

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment


Good initials. (Pächt and Alexander ii. 690)


15th century, early, Italian, Milan (as MS.): wood boards; dark brown leather, blind-tooled with lines and repeated stamps including ‘lamb and flag’ and the Visconti viper; one of four clasps remaining, with strap of red tawed leather and metal tip; scalloped brass corner-pieces, present but lacking their bosses; spine, centrepieces and further bosses lost; edges plain; condition generally battered. Front flyleaf is a fragment (? scribal waste) containing Ovid, Heroides 6. 1–63, 14th/15th century, Italian, and the ex libris of a Visconti family member.

18th century, Italian: replacement spine of grey paper with title and shelfmark, in turn replaced (preserved inside) by 20th-century Bodleian reback. 280–281 × 203–205 × c. 40 mm. (book closed).


Origin: 15th century, beginning ; Italian, Lombardy, Milan

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). Binding and revised 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).

Digital Images

Digital Bodleian (3 images from 35mm slides)



    Anthony Hobson, Humanists and bookbinders: the origins and diffusion of the humanistic bookbinding 1459–1559 …, Cambridge 1989, pp. 13 n. 6, 16 n. 10.

Last Substantive Revision

2020-04: Binding description added.