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

MS. D'Orville 83

Summary Catalogue no.: 16961


Cicero, De natura deorum
Language(s): Latin

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment
Extent: ii + 70 leaves
Dimensions (binding): 9.875 × 6.375 in.


Stained at end with damp


Humanistic script (Pächt and Alexander ii. 273): scribe identified by A. C. de la Mare as Naldo Naldi (1436-1513)


Pächt and Alexander ii. 273, Pl. XXV

Fine border

Fine initial


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 (March 2024) by Stewart J. Brookes from the Summary Catalogue (1897). Decoration, localization and date follow Pächt and Alexander (1966)

Digital Images

Digital Bodleian (1 image from 35mm slides)

Last Substantive Revision

2024-03-06: Description revised to incorporate all the information in the Summary Catalogue (1897)