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

MS. Canon. Pat. Lat. 214

Summary Catalogue no.: 19200


Ambrose, Explanatio super Psalmos XII
Language(s): Latin
Ambrose, De apologia prophetae Dauid
Language(s): Latin

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment


Fine initials. (Pächt and Alexander ii. 50, pl. V)


18th century, Italian, a standard binding style for manuscripts from the Cistercian abbey of Morimondo, nr. Milan (cf. MS. Canon. Pat. Lat. 212): pasteboards; light reddish-brown leather of poor quality (delaminating), minimally tooled with triple blind lines round edges and vertically near spine, and in cross-hatching on spine; title written in ink on spine, 18th century, by the same hand as on MS. Canon. Pat. Lat. 212; fore-edge (only) painted in a regular pattern of large red triangles, perhaps a left-over from a previous binding, as are certainly the holes left on fol. 164 (last leaf of text) by the pins for two former strap-and-pin clasps. 332–335 × 220–223 × c. 70 mm. (book closed).


Origin: 12th century, third quarter ; Italian, Lombardy

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).

Digital Images

Digital Bodleian (7 images from 35mm slides)

Last Substantive Revision

2020-08-26: Binding description added.