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

MS. Canon. Gr. 54

Summary Catalogue no.: 18507


Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: paper


A composite binding, with original boards completely obscured by later covering.

16th century, mid to 3rd quarter (as MS., by a Cretan scribe working in Rome): wood boards with inside bevel, possible traces of two lost sets of fore-edge ties.

18th century, second half, Italian, Venice, a standard Canonici style: the old boards reused in a half-binding with brown leather spine and corners: spine with gilt lines and green-leather label; sides covered in red paper combed with a bold wavy pattern. 230 × 163–165 × c. 36–37 mm. (book closed).


Origin: 16th 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). 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).


    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. 138–140 no. 254 (‘Manuel Probatares’)

    Online resources:

Last Substantive Revision

2020-04: Binding description added.