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

MS. Barlow 40

Summary Catalogue no.: 6480


Cicero, De inventione rhetorica
Language(s): Latin

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment


Fine miniature, good initials. (Pächt and Alexander ii. 1047, pl. LXXXIV)

fol. 1r

  • Type miniature
  • Subject Cicero, flanked by Cato and Caesar, decides the fate of the Catilinarian conspirators.

fol. 4v

  • Type initial C
  • Subject Interlace; grotesque.


Origin: 12th century, second quarter ; Italian, North (?), or ; French, South (?)

Provenance and Acquisition

Thomas Barlow, 1607–1691

Bequeathed to the Bodleian in 1691

Record Sources

Summary description abbreviated from the Summary Catalogue (1937). Decoration, localization and date follow Pächt and Alexander (1970).

Digital Images

Digital Bodleian (1 image from 35mm slides)

Last Substantive Revision

2019-10-31: Toby Burrows/Mapping Manuscript MigrationsProvenance and acquisition information added using https://github.com/mapping-manuscript-migrations/oxford-tei-updates/blob/master/update_oxford_prov.rb in collaboration with the Mapping Manuscript Migrations project.