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The Divina Commedia of Dante, with an Italian commentary, written in 1448 by Michele di Piero, a Tuscan

MS. D'Orville 552

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the Inferno begins on fol. 1, the Purgatorio on fol. 72, the Paradiso on fol. 187.

At the end of the Purgatorio is 'Esplicit secunda canticha Dantis & sposiction ece[tera ?] Deo gracias Amen. Questa seconda canticha jscrisse jo Michele di Piero di Tomaso e Demia': at the beginning of the commentary on the Paradiso is 'I nome di Dio amen & della Vergine ... Maria & di tuttj e suoj benedettj santj anno Domini Mccccxlviij die primo Febraio qui comincia la disposiçone del .'.

The Commentary on the Inferno begins '... II nostro poeta diuide questo primo capitulo in quatro parte.' Dr. Edward Moore states that the comm.. on the Inferno is that commonly known as the 'false Boccaccio' (circa 1375): that the comm.. on the Purgatorio and Paradiso is a mixture of that of Della Lana and the Ottimo: and that the orthographical peculiarities point to a Tuscan scribe.


  • Creation: written in 1448 by Michele di Piero, a Tuscan


312 Leaves

Language of Materials

  • Italian


MS. D'Orville 552

Former reference:

Auct. X. 3. 5

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 17430

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

Physical Facet

On paper


11 7/8 × 8 3/8 in.

Repository Details

Part of the Bodleian Libraries Repository

Weston Library
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Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom