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

MS. Canon. Gr. 40

Summary Catalogue no.: 18493


Thomas Magister, Life of Aristophanes
Language(s): Greek
Aristophanes, Plutus (with scholia of Thomas Magister and others)
Language(s): Greek
Aristophanes, Nubes (with scholia of Thomas Magister and others)
Language(s): Greek
Aeschylus, Prometheus Vinctus (with scholia)
Language(s): Greek
Aeschylus, Septem contra Thebas (with scholia)
Language(s): Greek

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: paper


18th century, second half, Italian, Venice, a standard Canonici style: pasteboards; half-binding with red-leather spine and corners, covers of plain pinkish-red paper, spine with gilt lines and gilt green-leather label; paste-downs of marbled paper. 224–226 × 155–156 × c. 43–44 mm. (book closed).

(from a previous binding) Fore-edge and lower edge (but not top edge) painted with elaborate bold designs of rings, mainly in red with ?green enhancements, and possibly with indistinct lettering.


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).


Last Substantive Revision

2020-04: Binding description added.