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

MS. Canon. Gr. 42

Summary Catalogue no.: 18495


Libanius, Life of Demosthenes
Language(s): Greek
Libanius, Argumenta for his speeches
Language(s): Greek
Demosthenes, speeches
Language(s): Greek

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: paper


15th century, ? by or around 1456 (the date of the ex libris of Pietro and Donato Acciaioli on fol. 2v), Italian, ?Florence: wood boards; brown leather with blind quadruple lines and strapwork tooling, spine lost; remnants of two clasps with lost straps of green textile and of 4+1 small circular bosses on each cover, all lost; rebacked, late 19th or 20th century, with gilt title and Bodleian shelfmark. 250–252 × 161 × c. 45 mm. (book closed).


Origin: 14th century ; Byzantine

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.