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MS. D'Orville 36

Summary Catalogue no.: 16914


Servius, Commentary on Virgil's Aeneid
Rubric: Seruii Grammatici in librum Aeneidos commentarium

'Tabula rerum precipuarum' precedes

Language(s): Latin

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: paper
Extent: iv + 132 + iv leaves
Dimensions (leaf): 378 × 233 mm.


2 cols, 53-54 lines, column space: 230-250 × 70 mm.


Pächt and Alexander ii. 924 Pl. 456



Origin: 1448 ; Italy

Provenance and Acquisition

In the initial on fol. 114; ‘A.L.' appears on a coat of arms two bends sinister vert and gules

'Tέλος Finis Servii Per... [erased name] xviiii Febr. 1448'

On fol. 136 'Mei petri iohannis petri marini & iohannis petri. hec est ueritas' (15th century)

On fol. 136v '1451. Vezudo per mi Zohane ipescadun [?]'. For similar inscriptions, see MS. Canon. Misc. 486, MS. Add. A. 2, and MS. Laud Lat. 48; also Edinburgh, Nat. Lib. Scotland, MS. Adv. 18. 3. 15. Apparently to be read as Giovanni dei Pescadori: see Giuseppe Billanovich, 'Il testo di Livio', Italia medioevale e umanistica 32 (1989), 53-99 at 85 and n. 93.

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 (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. 435

Last Substantive Revision

2024-02-28: Description revised to incorporate all the information in the Summary Catalogue (1897)