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

MS. Auct. F. 2. 18

Summary Catalogue no.: 2173


Cicero, De Oratore
Rubric: Marci Tulii Ciceronis de institutione oratoria ad Q. fratrem ...
Language(s): Latin

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment


Humanistic script.


Fine border

Fine historiated initials (including Cicero).

Fine initials. (P&A ii. 794, pl. LXXIV)


Light-brown calf with gold ornament and arms on sides, 17th cent. French work, worm-eaten and repaired.


Origin: 15th century, second quarter ; Italian, Emilia (?)

Provenance and Acquisition

The arms on the 17th cent. binding (a chevron between three Moors' heads) may belong to the family of Moreau.

Apparently acquired between 1613 and 1620.

Record Sources

Description adapted (Jan. 2021) from the following sources, with additional reference to published literature as cited:
Otto P├Ącht and J. J. G. Alexander, Illuminated Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library Oxford, II (1970), no. 794 [script, decoration, origin, date]
Summary Catalogue (1922) [contents, physical description, provenance and acquisition]

Digital Images

Digital Bodleian (2 images from 35mm slides)

Last Substantive Revision

2021-01-05: Description revised to incorporate all information in SC.