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

MS. D'Orville 514

Summary Catalogue no.: 17392


1. (fol. 1)
Petrarch, Il Canzoniere
Rubric: ... Sonectorum & Cantilenarum liber incipit

367 Italian poems.

With index of first lines.

Language(s): Italian
2. (fol. 137)
Petrarch, Trionfi
Rubric: ... Triomphorum liber feliciter incipit ...
Language(s): Italian

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment
Extent: ix + 174 leaves:
Dimensions (binding): 9.5 × 5.875 in.


Humanistic script (Pächt and Alexander ii. 270)


Pächt and Alexander ii. 270, Pl. XXIV, no. 270

Fine border

Historiated initials

Other initials

fol. 1r

  • Type initial V; full border
  • Subject Initial: profile half-figure of the author, holding a book. Border: interlace, floral designs, gold disks, birds, seated winged putto. In the lower margin two winged putti support a medallion left blank to be filled with a coat of arms.


Black leather with gold tooling (16th century)


Origin: 15th century, third quarter (c. 1450–1460) ; Italy, Florence

Provenance and Acquisition

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 (January 2024) by Stewart J. Brookes from the Summary Catalogue (1897). Decoration, localization and date follow Pächt and Alexander (197o)

Digital Images

Digital Bodleian (1 image from 35mm slides)

Last Substantive Revision

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