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The fourteen Philippic Orations of Cicero, written in the first half of the 15th cent. in Italy

MS. D'Orville 76

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Each oration is preceded by a finely painted initial, and on fol. 1 are an illuminated border and a capital with miniature of a master and scholars.

On fol. 1 are the arms of a bishop: Quarterly, first and fourth azure three lilies or, second and third party per pale on the dexter side azure semé of lilies or, on the sinister side gules a lion rampant or langed and armed sable: with the motto 'Quo difficilius eo preclarius.'.


  • Creation: written in the first half of the 15th cent. in Italy


94 Leaves

Language of Materials

  • Latin


MS. D'Orville 76

Former reference:

Auct. X. 1. 3. 17

Other Finding Aids

Falconer Madan, et al., A summary catalogue of western manuscripts in the Bodleian Library at Oxford which have not hitherto been catalogued in the Quarto series (7 vols. in 8 [vol. II in 2 parts], Oxford, 1895-1953; reprinted, with corrections in vols. I and VII, Munich, 1980), vol. IV, no 16954

Our best descriptions for medieval items in this collection are in Medieval Manuscripts in Oxford Libraries under MSS. D'Orville.

Physical Facet

Red morocco binding with gold tooling (17th cent. ?); on parchment, with illuminations


10 3/4 × 7 1/4 in.

Repository Details

Part of the Bodleian Libraries Repository

Weston Library
Broad Street
Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom