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MS. D'Orville 517

Summary Catalogue no.: 17395


Antonio Cornazzano, Sonetti e canzone
Rubric: Antonii Cornazani i⟨n⟩ laudibus et amoribus diue Angele odarum materna lingua liber incipit

This title probably covers fols 1-49v, but several additional poems in Latin follow, presumably by the same author

Cornazzano dedicates a poem (‘Ad illustrissimam virginem Blancam Mariam Esten. doctissimam’) on fol. 59r to Bianca Maria d’Este (1440–1505), which begins ‘Candida tam vita quae vultu et nomina virgo’ (see Diego Zancani, 'Writing for Women Rulers in Quattrocento Italy: Antonio Comazzano', in Women in Italian Renaissance Culture and Society [2000], 56-74).

Language(s): Italian and Latin

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment
Extent: vii + 64 leaves
Dimensions (binding): 8.75 × 6.125 in.


Humanistic script (Pächt and Alexander ii. 734)


Pächt and Alexander ii. 734, Pl. LXX, no. 734

Fine border

Fine initials


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

Provenance and Acquisition

On fol. 1 are the initials 'Iō Mã' and Pächt and Alexander (ii. 734) note that these perhaps refer to Gian Matteo Bottigella; for comparable initials, see MS. Canon. Class. Lat. 295. The initials are written above a coat, azure a column or surmounted by cross keys argent on a chief of the second an eagle displayed gules (or sable?) and Pächt and Alexander (ii. 734) suggest that the arms are probably those of the Visconti d'Aragona. (Gian Matteo Bottigella married Bianca Visconti.) Cf. MS. Canon. Class. Lat. 295.

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)

Digital Images

Digital Bodleian (1 image from 35mm slides)

Last Substantive Revision

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