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

MS. Canon. Gr. 115

Summary Catalogue no.: 18568


Treatise on papal primacy
Language(s): Greek

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: paper


16th century, Greek, or Italian alla greca (scribe worked in Corfu to 1537 and in Venice 1537–1552): wood boards, thick, with grooved edges; polished brown leather with bold lines and blind-stamps including a diamond shape with double-headed eagle; spine plain; traces of two clasps, probably once of plaited leather, running from lower board to fore-edge pegs on front board (all now lost); elaborate endbands, curving around to form shoulders and oversewn in alternating blue and white thread. Endleaves of ‘Dutch gilt paper’ embossed in red with foliage design, added in 18th-century Italy; label of Jacopo Soranzo at top of spine; minor modern repairs. 123–125 (with shoulders 132) x 80–83 x c. 43 mm. (book closed).


Origin: 16th century, first half ; Corfu or Venice.

Provenance and Acquisition

Gamillscheg/Harlfinger ascribe the script to Antonios Eparchos (1491–1571): he worked in his native Corfu to 1537, in Venice 1537–1552, thereafter unspecified (Ernst Gamillscheg & Dieter Harlfinger, Repertorium der griechischen Kopisten, 800–1600, Teil 1, Handschriften aus Bibliotheken Grossbritanniens, A. Verzeichnis der Kopisten (Vienna 1981), pp. 38–9 no. 23.

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 Bibliothecae Bodleianae pars prima recensionem codicum Graecorum continens, Quarto Catalogues I, 1883, repr. with corrections 1969), with additional reference to published literature as cited in the description. Binding: 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)


Last Substantive Revision

2020-04: Binding description added.