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

MS. Canon. Gr. 124

Summary Catalogue no.: 18577


Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: paper


A composite binding, with the original wrapper preserved inside a modern binding (all a pair with MS. Canon. Gr. 125).

15th century, Italian (as MS.): a limp parchment wrapper (now fols. i, 244, spine lost?), enclosing several similar paper booklets; title on fol. 244v in Greek capitals dated 1476, doubtless by the scribe, Petrus Franciscus. 290 × 95–97 × c. 44–45 mm. (book closed; lower cover shorter than the textblock’s 293–295 mm.).

19th century, second half, Bodleian: light brown leather over pasteboards, blind lines round edges, spine with gilt title and Bodleian shelfmark; board-edges and leather turn-ins with blind roll tooling . 311–313 × 110 × c. 53–58 mm. (book closed).


Origin: 1476

Provenance and Acquisition

Date misread as 1470 in the Quarto Catalogue; see Gamillscheg and Harlfinger for the correct date.

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).


    Printed descriptions:

    A. Watson, Catalogue of Dated and Datable Manuscripts in Oxford Libraries (1984), no. 206
    Ernst Gamillscheg & Dieter Harlfinger, Repertorium der griechischen Kopisten, 800–1600, Teil 1, Handschriften aus Bibliotheken Grossbritanniens, A. Verzeichnis der Kopisten (Vienna 1981), p. 179 no. 350 (‘Petrus Franciscus’).

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Last Substantive Revision

2020-04: Binding description added.