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

MS. Douce d. 11

Summary Catalogue no.: 21987


Album amicorum of Paul van Dale

An illustrated Album Amicorum, consisting of mounted paintings, chiefly of Italian magnates, lay and ecclesiastical, types of Italian ladies, etc. done to the order of friends of the author, Paul van Dale, mainly at Rome or Bologna. The friends usually write their names and the date (1569-1578) with the motto

Language(s): Italian and Latin

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: paper
Extent: iii + 47 leaves
Dimensions (binding): 9.625 × 6.625 in.


Pächt and Alexander i. 404, pl. XXXII

Fine miniatures (cuttings)

Fols 1-3 contain paintings of a young man, 'ætatis suæ 17', '... 18, '... 19', but all are dated 1569. The young man's coat of arms are Quarterly 1sty and 4th argent an eagle rising sable on a hillock vert, 2nd and 3rd azure four bars hummety or.


Origin: c. 1569–1578 ; Flanders

Provenance and Acquisition

Francis Douce, 1757–1834

Bequeathed to the Bodleian in 1834

Record Sources

Description adapted (May 2023) by Stewart J. Brookes from the Summary Catalogue (1897). Decoration, localization and date follow Pächt and Alexander (1973)

Digital Images

Digital Bodleian (22 images from 35mm slides)

Last Substantive Revision

2023-05-04: Description revised to incorporate all the information in the Summary Catalogue (1897)