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

MS. D'Orville 515

Summary Catalogue no.: 17393


Petrarch, Il Canzoniere
Colophon: Francisci Petrarcę poetę clarissimi Sonettorum et Cantilenarum liber explicit foeliciter

Numbered (later) from 1 to 320, with one additional.

Apparently divided, between fols 95 and 96, into 'Vita' and 'Mors'

Language(s): Italian

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: paper
Extent: ii + 141 leaves
Dimensions (binding): 8.875 × 5.625 in.


Humanistic script (Pächt and Alexander ii. 304)


Pächt and Alexander ii. 304

Good borders

Good initials


Origin: 15th century, third quarter ; Italy, Tuscany

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 (February 2024) by Stewart J. Brookes from the Summary Catalogue (1897). Decoration, localization and date follow Pächt and Alexander (1970)

Last Substantive Revision

2024-02-01: Description revised to incorporate all the information in the Summary Catalogue (1897)