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

MS. D'Orville 12

Summary Catalogue no.: 16890


Seneca, Epistulae morales
Rubric: Lucii Annei Senece ad Lucilium Epistole ...
Explicit: Tελος. Finis laboriosus diu optatus
Language(s): Latin

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment
Extent: ii + 203 leaves
Dimensions (binding): 13.5 × 9.375 in.


Pächt and Alexander ii. 974:

Good border (fol. 1)

Good initial (fol. 1, mutilated)

Capitals are decorated for the beginning of each book


Origin: 15th century, second half ; Italy

Provenance and Acquisition

Jacques Phillippe D'Orville of Amsterdam (1690–1751)

Jean D'Orville, b. 1734, his son, by descent

Jean D'Orville, son of Jean, by descent

Sold to the Rev. John Cleaver Banks (1765/1766–1845): purchased from him by the Bodleian

Acquired by the Bodleian in 1804

Record Sources

Description adapted (February 2024) by Stewart J. Brookes from the Summary Catalogue (1897). Decoration, localization and date follow Pächt and Alexander (1966)

Last Substantive Revision

2024-02-28: Description revised to incorporate all the information in the Summary Catalogue (1897)