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

MS. Canon. Gr. 91

Summary Catalogue no.: 18544


Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment


Hutter iii. 84:

Ornamental strips at the beginnings of Lives.

Decorated initials at the beginnings of Lives.


18th century, second half, Italian, for Canonici, mostly a standard style: boards unusually each in two layers of pasteboard (outer) and wood (inner); diced brown leather, tooled on each cover with blind lines and rolls to form a central panel filled with slanting lines; spine with gilt lines and red-leather title-label, with gilt lettering on both label and spine; marbled paste-downs. 367 × 255–259 × c. 86–90 mm. (book closed).


Origin: 12th century, second third ; 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). 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.