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)

At end: Ordo legendi evangelia per anni circulum

Language(s): Latin

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment
Extent: 210 leaves, large folio


2 cols.


Fine borders.

Fine historiated initials.

Fine other initials. (Pächt and Alexander 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

‘In nomine Domini, amen. Anno Domini, m. iij. xxx. indict. xiij. tempore domini Johannis Pape xxij. die xxvj. mensis Maii iste liber Evangeliorum expositorum per sanctum Thomam, qui cum alio volumine venditus est michi Andree de Speblo, notario, recipienti pro reverendo viro domino Johanne de Amelio per diseretum virum magistrum Nutum de Montefalconia pro pretio utriusque voluminis ......Floren...... auri, quas dictus magister Nutus reeepit, de quibus fecit finem et quietationem. Actum apud Montefalconiam in domo dicti magistri Nuti, presentibus Cola Gallinari de Monanca et Maffeo Johannini de Montefalco testibus. Et ego Andreas de Speblo prout ..... apostolici ......... his dictis omnibus presens interfui et rogatus scripsi et publicavi.’

Matteo Luigi Canonici, 1727–1805

Giuseppe Canonici , -1807

Purchased by the Bodleian in 1817

Record Sources

Adapted from the followoing sources:
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).
Otto Pächt and J. J. G. Alexander, Illuminated Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library Oxford, II (1970), no. 96
Quarto Catalogue (H. O. Coxe, Catalogi codicum manuscriptorum Bibliothecæ Bodleianæ pars tertia codices Græcos et Latinos Canonicianos complectens, Quarto Catalogues III, 1854)

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Last Substantive Revision

2022-08: Revised to incorporate all information in printed catalogues.