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

MS. D'Orville 13

Summary Catalogue no.: 16891


Quintilian, Institutio oratoria
Rubric: M. Fabii Quintiliani De institutione oratoria ...
Language(s): Latin

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment
Extent: iv + 258 leaves
Dimensions (binding): 11.75 × 8.5 in.


Humanistic script (Pächt and Alexander ii. 222)


Pächt and Alexander ii. 222, Pl. XX

Fine initials (for the beginning of each book)

Fine border

fol. 1r

  • Type border, upper, left and lower margin
  • Subject Winged putto holding a wreath (centre left blank, presumably to be filled with a coat of arms). Three birds


Origin: c. 1430–1440 ; Italy, Central

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 (1970)

Last Substantive Revision

2024-02-01: Description revised to incorporate all the information in the Summary Catalogue (1897)