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

MS. Canon. Gr. 18

Summary Catalogue no.: 18471


Psalter and Canticles.
Language(s): Greek

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: paper


15th century or 16th century, Greek or Greek style: perhaps the original binding, though the worn state of the first few leaves might possibly reflect earlier heavy usage in a previous binding. Thick wood boards with grooved edges; brown leather with blind-stamped patterns, different on each cover; spine-shoulders built up in Greek style; central clasp running from the back to a pin at front edge, strap comprising three strands of plaited leather; edges painted with designs of rings in ink, red and ?green; spine originally plain, with added 18th-century gilt red-leather label and further gilt title ‘COD. BOMB.’ (= ‘codex bombycinus’). 210 (or, with shoulder extensions, 216) × 133 × c. 46–49 mm. (book closed).


Origin: 15th century

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 Bibliothecae Bodleianae pars prima recensionem codicum Graecorum continens, Quarto Catalogues I, 1883, repr. with corrections 1969). 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).

Digital Images

Digital Bodleian (1 image of binding from 35mm slides)


Last Substantive Revision

2020-04: Binding description added.