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

MS. D'Orville 20

Summary Catalogue no.: 16898


Terence, Comedies

Preceded by a Life and Epitaph of the poet

The usual 'Calliopius recensui' occurs

(fol. 2v)
(fol. 24)
(fol. 47v)
Heauton timorumenos
(fol. 69)
(fol. 109)
(fol. 120v)
Language(s): Latin

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment
Extent: i + 132 leaves
Dimensions (binding): 298 × 225 mm.
Dimensions (leaf): 285 × 215 mm.


1 col., 26 lines, column space: 195-200 × 130-140 mm.


Written by Jacobus de Machariis of Venice, fol. 131v

For other manuscripts written by the same scribe, see the bibliography in Watson (1984), no. 431


Pächt and Alexander ii. 278, Pl. XXV

Good initials

Coat of arms (defaced)


Origin: 1461 ; Italy, Siena

Provenance and Acquisition

Fol. 131v: 'Jacobus de macharijs uenetus scripsit. In ciuitate Senarum (Siena) Mº.ccccº.lxi. octobris. etc.'

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 (June 2023) by Stewart J. Brookes from the Summary Catalogue (1897). Decoration, localization and date follow Pächt and Alexander (1973). Page and column sizes follow Watson (1984)

Digital Images

Digital Bodleian (2 images from 35mm slides)


    Printed descriptions:

    A. Watson, Catalogue of Dated and Datable Manuscripts in Oxford Libraries (1984), no. 431

Last Substantive Revision

2023-06-27: Description revised to incorporate all the information in the Summary Catalogue (1897)