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The Pharsalia of Lucan, preceded by the epigram on him (beg. 'Corduba me genuit'), written early in the 15th cent.

MS. D'Orville 173

  • Request

On fol. 123 'Sancti Galli atque Othmari' (17th cent.): in the Catalogue of Strackhovius is a note 'a milite 1712 in bello Helvetico ex Abbatia St Gallensi surreptus', and a Lucan in 4° on parchment certainly occurs both in J. J. Scheuchzer's and H. Waser's catalogues of MSS. removed from St. Gall to Zürich in 1712. Yet the volume bears the printed stamp of the 'Bibliotheca Bernensis' on fol. 1.

On fol 123v is 'Fur cave ne nostrum rapiat tua dextra libellum | Carnificis plantæ ne tua terga premant' (16th cent.?).


  • Creation: written early in the 15th cent.


124 Leaves

Language of Materials

  • Latin


MS. D'Orville 173

Former reference:

Auct. X. 1. 5. 26

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 17051

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

Custodial History

The MS. was certainly given to D'Orville by J. G. Altmann on 28 Sept. 1744, see reff. in Gaisford's catalogue.

Physical Facet

On parchment, with illuminated capitals


10 × 7 3/8 in.

Repository Details

Part of the Bodleian Libraries Repository

Weston Library
Broad Street
Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom