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

MS. D'Orville 25

Summary Catalogue no.: 16903


Statius, Thebais
Explicit: Statij Papirij Surculj Tolosani Thebaidos Vltimus Liber feliciter explicit . Sexto kalendas Septembres 1464

With glosses

Colophon: Fol. 178: Statij ... thebaidos Vltimus Liber feliciter explicit. Sexto. kalendas septembres 1464
Language(s): Latin

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: paper
Extent: iv + 181 leaves
Dimensions (binding): 12.125 × 9.125 in.
Dimensions (leaf): 297 × 220 mm.


Fols 171–178 added in 1464 (Pächt and Alexander ii. 916)


28 lines per page


A second scribe wrote fol. 176 line 20 to the end


Pächt and Alexander ii. 916

Initials on fols 1–170 (copying earlier models?)


Origin: c. 1400 and (fols. 171-8) 1464 ; Italy

Provenance and Acquisition

Probably bought for D'Orville, along with MS. D'Orville 181, by Sigebertus Havercamp at Copenhagen in November 1726: see Thomas Gaisford, Codices manuscripti et impressi, cum notis manuscriptis, olim d'Orvilliani, qui in Bibliotheca Bodleiana apud Oxonienses adservantur (Oxford, 1806), p. 6. See also 'amico meo Hafniensi' in Bodl. d'Orville 486, fol. 63, as cited by M. D. Reeve, 'Statius' Silvae in the Fifteenth Century', The Classical Quarterly, 27 (1977), p. 216

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 (1765/6–1845): purchased from him by the Bodleian.

Acquired by the Bodleian in 1804.

Record Sources

Description adapted (January 2024) by Stewart J. Brookes from the Summary Catalogue (1897) with additional reference to published literature as cited. Decoration, localization and date follow Pächt and Alexander (1973)


Black-and-white detail of fol. 176 in A. Watson, Catalogue of Dated and Datable Manuscripts in Oxford Libraries (1984), vol. 2, Pl. 623


    Printed descriptions:

    A. Watson, Catalogue of Dated and Datable Manuscripts in Oxford Libraries (1984), no. 433

Last Substantive Revision

2024-01-05: Description revised to incorporate all the information in the Summary Catalogue (1897)