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

MS. D'Orville 85

Summary Catalogue no.: 16963


Language(s): Latin

Cicero, Tusculan disputations

In five books

fol. 89

Contains a few later physical recipes (for softening iron,etc.)

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment
Extent: i + 91 leaves
Dimensions (binding): 9.875 × 7.125 in.


Some leaves stained


Humanistic script (Pächt and Alexander ii. 242). The first folio is a replacement and is in later writing. For other manuscripts written by the scribe see A. C. de la Mare, 'New research on humanistic scribes in Florence', in Miniatura fiorentina del Rinascimento, 1440-1525: un primo censimento (1985), 393-600 at 545 (no. 82)


Pächt and Alexander ii. 242

Good initials


Origin: 15th century, middle ; 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)

Last Substantive Revision

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