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

MS. D'Orville 81

Summary Catalogue no.: 16959


Cicero, De inventione
Language(s): Latin

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment
Extent: ii + 52 leaves
Dimensions (binding): 10.625 × 7.75 in.


Humanistic script (Pächt and Alexander ii. 788)


Pächt and Alexander ii. 788, pl. LXXIII

Fine initials of early humanistic type: J. J. G. Alexander, unpublished note, compares the early style of Cortese.


Origin: 15th century, second quarter ; Italy, Venice

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 (March 2024) by Stewart J. Brookes from the Summary Catalogue (1897). Decoration, localization and date follow Pächt and Alexander (1970) (annotated copy, Bodleian Library)

Digital Images

Digital Bodleian (2 images from 35mm slides)

Last Substantive Revision

2024-03-25: Description revised to incorporate all the information in the Summary Catalogue (1897)