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MS. D'Orville 206

Summary Catalogue no.: 17084


De caritate

Composed in elegiac couplets, the two verses of each couplet rhyming

Incipit: (prologue) Hoc nomen [sc. Caritas] liber iste loco non continet ullo [for metrical reasons]
Incipit: (text) Omnipotens eterne Deus patrumque meorum
Incipit: (text) Omnibus hoc natura dedit quid quisque sequatur | Quid uelit in primis optio cuique datur

The writer appears to be a monk, or, as he speaks of a populus sibi subditus, perhaps an abbot or bishop, and invokes the intercession 'martiris eximij pontificisque Thome', which can only be St. Thomas of Canterbury (d. 1170)

Several sections bear titles 'de superbia', 'de inuidia' &c., and one (fol. 87) 'Perlege de Mortis titulata bono Ciprianum | Auctorem laudans Ambrosiique manum'

Walther 8298 (for fols. 1-87; only this manuscript)
Language(s): Latin
2. (fol. 101v)
Medical recipes

Some 14th century medical recipes

Language(s): Latin

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment
Extent: ii + 103 leaves
Dimensions (binding): 9 × 5.25 in.


Origin: 13th century

Provenance and Acquisition

At the end, in a later hand: 'Allo nome de Dio amen. anno Dominj millesimo lxxviij,' perhaps referring to the year 1378 CE

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 (May 2024) by Stewart J. Brookes from the Summary Catalogue (1897)

Last Substantive Revision

2024-05-03: Description revised to incorporate all the information in the Summary Catalogue (1897)