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

MS. Auct. F. 2. 5

Summary Catalogue no.: 8852


Virgil, Eclogues
Language(s): Latin
Virgil, Georgics
Language(s): Latin
Virgil, Aeneid
Language(s): Latin

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment
Extent: i + 195 leaves
Dimensions (binding): 10.25 × 7.25 in.


Humanistic script


Pächt and Alexander ii. 718, Pl. LXX

Fine border

Fine initials


Origin: 15th century, middle ; Italy, Milan

Provenance and Acquisition

Marco de Grassi, fol. 194v, Milan, with his arms, fols. 1, 15th century (barry of six azure and argent)

Nicolaus Barbanus, fol. 194, 15th century (of Capodistria (?), d. 1483; cf. G. Campori, Gli artisti Italiani e stranieri negli stati Estensi, 1865, 31).

Purchased by Nicolaas Heinsius, 1620–1681 in Venice and referred to as the 'Codex Venetus'

This volume may be no. 91 in the Heinsius sale catalogue (March 1682-1683), tom. ii. p. 80

Edward Bernard (1638–1697)

Purchased from Bernard's widow for the Bodleian in 1698

Record Sources

Description adapted (August 2023) by Stewart J. Brookes from the Summary Catalogue (1895). Decoration, localization, date, and early provenance follow Pächt and Alexander (1970)

Digital Images

Digital Bodleian (2 images from 35mm slides)

Last Substantive Revision

2023-08-07: Description revised to incorporate all the information in the Summary Catalogue (1895)