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

MS. Canon. Gr. 41

Summary Catalogue no.: 18494


Philosophical texts.
Language(s): Greek
Grammatical texts.
Language(s): Greek
Astronomical texts.
Language(s): Greek
Theological texts.
Language(s): Greek
Libanius, speeches
Language(s): Greek
Lucian of Samosata, works
Language(s): Greek

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: paper


A composite binding of medieval boards covered with late leather.

15th century ?, Greek (as MS.?); thick wood boards, cut flush with the text-block, no bevel.

19th century, second half, for Bodleian: covering of polished black or blue-black leather, undecorated except for blind lines round edges, gilt title and Bodleian shelfmark on spine; heavy paper-repairs throughout textblock. 228–229 × 145–148 × c. 68–69 mm. (book closed).


Origin: 15th century, beginning

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.