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

MS. Canon. Pat. Lat. 4

Summary Catalogue no.: 18990


Language(s): Latin
Ps.-Augustine, Soliloquia animae ad deum
Language(s): Latin
Epistula Lentuli
Language(s): Latin

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment


Written in humanistic script in 1437, fol. 199. (Pächt and Alexander ii. 462)


Good border.

Historiated initial (damaged). (Pächt and Alexander ii. 462)


18th century, Italian, a standard style in the Canonici collection (?archaizing): wood boards with large squares; diced reddish-brown leather, tooled with blind lines and one roll to form a panel with a central lozenge shape but no centrepiece; spine with simple gilt lines and green-leather label with gilt title, and ‘COD.MEM.’ in gilt tooled directly on the spine. 183–185 × 134–136 × c. 55 mm. (book closed).


Origin: 1437 ; Italian, Venice (?)

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).


    Printed descriptions:

    A. Watson, Catalogue of Dated and Datable Manuscripts in Oxford Libraries (1984), no. 378

Last Substantive Revision

2020-08-26: Binding description added.