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MS. Canon. Gr. 33

Summary Catalogue no.: 18486


Gospel of St. Matthew
Language(s): Greek

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: paper


16th century, early, French, Paris, binder’s stamp of Julien des Jardins: pasteboards; polished brown leather blind-tooled with lines, stamps, and a large central panel different on each cover: (front) St. Sebastian and St. Barbara, with ‘TOUT SE PASSE | FORS | AYMER DIEV | Julien des ⟨j⟩ardins’; (back) ‘Sainct yues’; spine lost; gilt gauffered edges. Rebacked, 18th century, ?Italian, with gilt red-leather label. 244–246 × 156–158 × c. 24–26 mm. (book closed).

One of a four-volume set of Greek Gospels written by George Hermonymus, ? at Paris, 1470s; the other three volumes now in Paris and Cambridge (Corpus Christi College MS. 224, similarly bound).


Origin: 15th century, end; France, Paris (?)

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

New Testament Virtual Manuscript Room (digitized microfilm; with BNF MS. Grec 99)


    Printed descriptions:

    Ernst Gamillscheg & Dieter Harlfinger, Repertorium der griechischen Kopisten, 800–1600, Teil 1, Handschriften aus Bibliotheken Grossbritanniens, A. Verzeichnis der Kopisten (Vienna 1981), pp. 56–7 no. 61 (‘Georgios Hermonymos’)

    Online resources:

Last Substantive Revision

2020-04: Binding description added.