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MS. D'Orville 167

Summary Catalogue no.: 17045

Former shelfmark: Auct. X. 1. 5. 20

Tibullus, Martial, Beccadelli, Pontano, etc.; Italy, late 15th century


(fol. ii verso)

Eight verses

Incipit: Rota e lalta colona el verde lauro
Language(s): Italian
1. (fol. 1)
Tibullus, Elegies
Rubric: […] Tibullus poeta clarus

From i. 34, a leaf being lost at the beginning: the epitaph and short life follow.

Language(s): Latin
2. (fol. 52v)
Rubric: […] Nonnulla Nasonis de sine titulo

Extracts from the Amores, etc.

Language(s): Latin
3. (fol. 60)
Ps.-Virgil, Priapeia
Rubric: Priapeia Maronis
Language(s): Latin

Followed at fol. 75 by a similar poem beg.

Incipit: Photis noster amor

And at fol. 78 by four Latin epitaphs, three connected with Atimetus and Homonoea 'in templo Sancti Michaelis Romae': one 'in Sancto Maiore Maria' at Rome (?), beg.

Incipit: Ingratae Veneri
Language(s): Latin
4. (fol. 78v)
Martial, Epigrams
Rubric: Martialis

50 epigrams

Language(s): Latin

Followed by three Latin facetiae in verse

Incipit: Qui fungi
Incipit: Arbore sub quadam
Incipit: Hic patule
Language(s): Latin
5. (fol. 90)
Antonio Beccadelli, Hermaphroditus
Rubric: Hermafroditi liber primus

Copied among the text is Petrarch's epitaph on his dog Zabot (J. B. Trapp, 'Petrarchan Places. An Essay in the Iconography of Commemoration', Journal of the Warburg and Courtauld Institutes 69 (2006), 1-50 at 44 n. 139).

Language(s): Latin
6. (fol. 120v)
Porcelius, poems
Rubric: Porcelius vates Romanus […]
Language(s): Latin
7. (fol. 139)
Giovanni Pontano, Parthenopei sive Amorum libri
Rubric: Ioviani Pontani libellus amorum cui titulus est Parthonopeus […]

Some leaves are wanting after fol. 150, which ends 'nemorum deserta colebas.'

Language(s): Latin

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: paper
Extent: iii + 157 leaves
Dimensions (binding): 7 × 4.75 in.


Humanistic cursive.


Coloured initials.



Origin: 15th century, late (c. 1480?) ; Italian

Provenance and Acquisition

Date: cf. F. R. Hausmann, ‘Datierte Quattrocento Handschriften Lateinischer Dichter’, in Kontinuitat Und Wandel. Lateinische Poesie Von Naevius Bis Baudelaire. Franco Munari Zum 65. Geburtstag, 1986, with references.

'Est Dionysij Aelij a Lancino Curtio suo' (early 16th cent. ?); i.e. Dionigi Ello, from Lancino Curzio, 1462-1512, both of Milan; see Arnaldo Ganda, 'La biblioteca latina del poeta milanese Lancino Corte (1462-1512)', La Bibliofilía, 93/3 (Settembre-Dicembre 1991), 221-277 at 225-6.

Johannes de Witt, 1678-1734; his sale, Bibliotheca Wittiana (1736), p. 75 n. 279

Bought by Jacques Phillippe D'Orville of Amsterdam (1690–1751) (MS. D'Orville 302 fol. 37r).

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

Jean D'Orville, son of Jean, by descent.

Sold to the Rev. John Cleaver Banks (1765/6–1845): purchased from him by the Bodleian.

Acquired by the Bodleian in 1804.

Record Sources

Adapted (August 2022) from the Summary Catalogue (1897); script described from unpublished notes by A. C. de la Mare (Bodleian Library, A. C. de la Mare, MS. 18746/5); with reference to additional literature as cited.

Last Substantive Revision

2022-08: Description revised for publication on Digital Bodleian.