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

MS. Canon. Gr. 74

Summary Catalogue no.: 18527


Gregory Nazianzen, Orationes
Language(s): Greek

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment


Hutter iii. 52:

Ornamental strips at the beginnings of homilies.

Decorated initials at the beginnings of homilies.


18th century, second half, Italian, Venice, for Canonici: pasteboards; lightly diced brown leather with triple gilt lines and blind-roll tooling around cover-edges; spine with gilt lines and gilt red-leather label; edges stained red; decorative paste-downs raked with a bold red wavy pattern. 327–332 × 224–228 × c. 120 mm. (book closed).

Metal fittings, inherited from an earlier binding: large rosette centrepieces and trefoil- or lily-shaped corner-pieces of brass, flat after removal of small circular domes. Probably from an intermediate binding made in Venice c. 1420 for Antonio Altamura to present in 1422 to the Abbey of San Salvatore, Messina.


Origin: 11th century, middle ; Byzantine, Constantinople

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). Decoration, localization and date follow Hutter. 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.