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

MS. Canon. Pat. Lat. 161

Summary Catalogue no.: 19147


Thomas Aquinas, Catena aurea in quatuor euangelia (Matthew and Mark)
Language(s): Latin

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment


Fine borders.

Fine historiated initials.

Fine other initials. (P&A ii. 96, pl. IX)


13th century, end, or 14th century, early, Italian (as MS.): wood boards; brown leather, blind-tooled with sextuple (2 × 3) lines in lozenge patterns, spine diapered with triple lines; remains of four clasps with brown leather straps, of which two partially survive, and one catch-plate with ‘yh’s’ monogram; traces of 4+1 bosses on each cover, and (back cover) of a label-holder and inked title at upper centre and of a chain-staple at inside bottom edge. Repaired, with added gilt red-leather title-label, 18th century, Italian; further repaired, 20th century, Bodleian. c. 413–420 × 280 × c. 55–60 mm. (book closed).

A notarial document on the back paste-down witnesses the sale of this book (the first of a two-volume set) and of its lost mate, probably already thus bound, in 1330 at Montefalcone (Appennino?).


Origin: 13th century, end ; Italian

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 (1970). 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

2020-08-26: Binding description added.