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

MS. Canon. Gr. 78

Summary Catalogue no.: 18531


Strabo, Geography,

books xi-xvii

Language(s): Greek

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: paper


16th century, first half, Italian, alla Greca (as MS., by a Greek scribe working in Italy): wood boards with grooved edges; red leather, with an all-over design mostly in blind tooling with stamps including a sunburst and a Persian-style cartouche, also dotted with a small leaf-tool in gilt; spine with blind cross-hatching; remnants of four clasps (all lost), running from back cover to metal edge-pegs at front (one surviving); endbands extended to provide modest ‘shoulders’ in Greek style. 330–332 × c. 220 × c. 62–63 mm. (book closed).


Origin: 15th century, end

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).

Digital Images

Digital Bodleian (1 image from 35mm slides)



    Tammaro de Marinis, La legatura artistica in Italia nei secoli XV e XVI, 3 vols., Florence 1960, III no. 2683 bis (under ‘Legature “alla Greca” ’)

    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. 124–6 no. 224 (‘Constantinos Mesobotes’).

    Online resources:

Last Substantive Revision

2020-04: Binding description added.