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MS. Canon. Pat. Lat. 158

Summary Catalogue no.: 19144


John Cassian, Collationes
Language(s): Latin
Jerome, Vita S. Hilarionis
Language(s): Latin
Paphnutius, Vita S. Onuphrii
Language(s): Latin

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment


Good initials. (Pächt and Alexander i. 513)


13th century, early, for Cistercian abbey of Sambucina, Calabria (as MS., its scribe named on back paste-down): wood boards, flush with textblock; brown leather, each cover blind-tooled with single or double lines in lozenge shapes to link lines of 3+5+3+5+3 small circular bosses, all lost; 4+6+4 studs on the edge of each board, some surviving; two clasps with leather straps, all lost; spine cross-hatched with single blind lines and added gilt horizontals. Gilt green-leather title label and (?) leather repairs, 18th century, Italian; spine re-laid over new reback, 20th century, Bodleian. c. 373–375 × c. 240–242 × c. 62–65 mm. (book closed).


Origin: 13th century, beginning ; Italian Santa Maria della Sambucina: A. M. Adorisio, Codici latini calabresi (1986) concludes that this was made at and for the monastery of Sambucina by a named scribe who is also very likely the same scribe as one of a document dated 1209.

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 Bibliothecæ Bodleianæ pars tertia codices Græcos et Latinos Canonicianos complectens, Quarto Catalogues III, 1854). Decoration, localization and date follow Pächt and Alexander (1966), with additional reference to published literature as cited in the description. 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 (11 images from 35mm slides)

Last Substantive Revision

2020-08-26: Binding description revised.