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Introduction

The shelfmark MS. Ital. was adopted for miscellaneous Italian-language manuscripts acquired from 1887 onwards, as part of the classification system introduced by the then Bodley's Librarian E. W. B. Nicholson (see R. W. Hunt in Summary Catalogue, vol. I, pp. xlv-xlvi). The manuscripts are subdivided by size, from 'a' (largest, 20 inches and over) to 'g' (smallest, 5 inches and under).


Shelfmark MS. Ital. b. 1
Summary Catalogue no. 30549
Composite A || B
Summary of contents Three large leaves of a book of payments for rent (?) on an estate in Avignon (?), 1382-93. || Letter (binding fragment)
Language Italian
Origin Italian
Date 1382-1393 || 1526
Material parchment || paper
Images
Catalogue image Vol. 5, p. 831

Shelfmark MS. Ital. b. 3
Summary Catalogue no. Not in SC (late accession): no description available
Summary of contents Register of members of the Scuola della Misericordia, Venice.
Language Italian
Origin Italian, Venice
Date 15th century, middle, with additions to 16th century, middle
Material parchment

Decoration
Illuminated borders with miniatures of saints.

Provenance

Bought from Laurence Witten Rare Books in 1980.
Bibliography
1980
Laurence Witten Rare Books, catalogue 12, 1980, no. 35, with plates

Shelfmark MS. Ital. d. 5
Summary Catalogue no. Not in SC (late accession): no description available
Summary of contents Dante, Convivio.
Language Italian
Origin Italian, Central (?)
Date 1463
Material paper

Decoration
Fine border, initial. Written in humanistic script. (P&A ii. 280)

Provenance

Pierantonio di Benedetto Buonaparte, 16th century; the arms of the Bonaparte family of Florence are added.
Bibliography
1984
A. G. Watson, Catalogue of dated and datable manuscripts c. 435-1600 in Oxford libraries, Oxford, 1984, I, no. 526, II, pl. 616 (fol. 66r)

Shelfmark MS. Ital. d. 30
Summary Catalogue no. Not in SC (late accession): description unpublished, only available in Library
Summary of contents Statutes of the guild of bakers and oven-keepers of Rome.
Language Italian
Origin Italian, Rome
Date c. 1534
Material parchment

Decoration
Illuminated initials.

Bibliography
1991
Anon., 'Notable accessions', Bodleian Library Record, 14 no. 1 ( 1991), pp. 67-93
Bodleian Library Record, 14, no. 1, Oct. 1991, 67-8

Shelfmark MS. Ital. e. 2
Summary Catalogue no. 31087
Summary of contents Francesco di Giuliano di Piero di Gierino Gierini, Fiore di verita; poems. Girolamo Savonarola, 'Parole'. Domenico da Pescia, Letter.
Language Italian
Origin Italian, Florence ?
Date 1498
Material paper
Images
Catalogue image Vol. 6, p. 15

Shelfmark MS. Ital. e. 3
Summary Catalogue no. 30055
Summary of contents Letter from Rinaldus de Albicis, 'miles' of Florence, to Forese de Sacchettis of Arezzo, dated 15 March 1419.
Language Italian, Latin
Origin Italian
Date 1419
Material paper
Images
Catalogue image Vol. 5, p. 721

Shelfmark MS. Ital. e. 6
Summary Catalogue no. Not in SC (late accession): no description available
Summary of contents Dante, Divine comedy.
Language Italian
Origin Italian
Date 14th century, end
Material parchment

Decoration
Simple red and blue initials.

Images
Manuscript image fol. 134v-135r Opening of two plain text-pages with red 7-line initial L(A gloria).
Bibliography
1994
A. C. de la Mare, 'A palaeographer's odyssey', in Sight and Insight: essays on art and culture in honour of E. H. Gombrich at 85, ed. John Onians, London: Phaidon Press, 1994, pp. 88-107 figs. 33-40, at p. 104 fig. 40 (fols. 134v-135), p. 105
SCWMSS archive: = REFS. XCVII.32

Shelfmark MS. Ital. e. 9
Summary Catalogue no. Not in SC (late accession): description unpublished, only available in Library
Summary of contents Portolan.
Language Italian
Origin Italian
Date 15th century
Material paper

Decoration
Red initials with penwork.


Shelfmark MS. Ital. e. 13
Summary Catalogue no. Not in SC (late accession): description unpublished, only available in Library
Summary of contents 'Roxarum odor vite', a collection of Latin quotations from classical authors and the Bible with Italian commentary.
Language Latin, Italian
Origin Italian
Date 1440
Material paper

Decoration
Spaces left blank for initials.

Bibliography
1984
A. G. Watson, Catalogue of dated and datable manuscripts c. 435-1600 in Oxford libraries, Oxford, 1984, I, no. 528, II, pl. 392 (fol. 29r)
1942
Bodleian Library Record, 2, no. 18, Feb. 1942, 53

Shelfmark MS. Ital. e. 16
Summary Catalogue no. Not in SC (late accession): description unpublished, only available in Library
Summary of contents Paolo da Trento, Spechio de religiosi ... sopra li tre vodi dele religione (instructions for Augustinian canonesses).
Language Italian, Latin
Origin Italian, Venice
Date 1493-1501
Material parchment

Decoration
Good historiated initials, borders, perhaps by the 'Maestro de' giuramenti'.

Bibliography
1985
A. C. de la Mare, 'Further Italian illuminated manuscripts in the Bodleian Library', in La miniatura italiana tra gotico e Rinascimento, E. Sesti (ed.), I, Florence, 1985, no. 17, p. 136
1974
B. C. Barker-Benfield, Otto Pächt and J. J. G. Alexander, Illuminated manuscripts in the Bodleian Library Oxford: Concordance of Bodleian shelfmarks for vols. 1-3 and addenda, Oxford, 1974, 60

Shelfmark MS. Ital. e. 18
Summary Catalogue no. Not in SC (late accession): no description available
Summary of contents Niccolò da Corregio, Aurora.
Language Italian
Origin Italian
Date 15th century, 1498 (?)
Material paper

Provenance

Sotheby's, 13 Dec. 1977, lot 54; bought by the Bodleian from Maggs Bros., Jan. 1978
Bibliography
1984
A. G. Watson, Catalogue of dated and datable manuscripts c.435-1600 in Oxford libraries, Oxford, 1984, I, no. 529, II, pl. 799 (fol. 5r)

Shelfmark MS. Ital. e. 19
Summary Catalogue no. Not in SC (late accession): no description available
Summary of contents Bartholomew of Pisa, Dell' Indulgenza della Portiuncula. || Cicero, Somnium Scipionis (flyleaves).
Language Italian
Origin Italian
Date 15th century, first half; with an added receipt dated 1555 || 15th century, early
Material paper || parchment

Provenance

The Cicero flyleaves were probably written by Giovanni Aretino in the early 15th cent.; J. O. Halliwell-Phillipps (1820-1889); presented by him to the Plymouth Proprietary Library; sold by the Library at Sotheby's, 11 July 1978, lot 28, bought by the Bodleian.
Bibliography
1996
Albinia C. de la Mare, 'Vespasiano da Bisticci as producer of classical manuscripts in fifteenth-century Florence', in Medieval manuscripts of the Latin classics: production and use, eds. Claudine A. Chavannes-Mazel & Margaret M. Smith (Proceedings of The Seminar in the History of the Book to 1500, Leiden, 1993), Los Altos Hills, CA: Anderson-Lovelace, and London: The Red Gull Press, 1996, pp. 166-207, at p. 169n.
1978
Sotheby's, 11 July 1978, lot 28

Shelfmark MS. Ital. e. 20
Summary Catalogue no. Not in SC (late accession): no description available
Summary of contents First book of Ordine della vita christiana written in 1333 by Simone Fidati da Cascia (1285-1348), a preacher and a friar of the order of St Augustin, during his stay in Florence (attributed in an added post-medieval title to Michele Savonarola). Wrapped in a parchment leaf from an Italian lectionary.
Language Italian
Origin Italian, North-East (?)
Date 15th century, second half and 14th century, early (lectionary)
Material paper, parchment (lectionary)

Decoration
Spaces left for initials. Initial with penwork (lectionary).

Provenance

Sotheby's, 20 Nov. 1979, lot 288; bought by the Bodleian from Quaritch, Jan. 1980.
Bibliography
1979
Sotheby's, 20 Nov. 1979, lot 288

Shelfmark MS. Ital. f. 3
Summary Catalogue no. Not in SC (late accession): description unpublished, only available in Library
Summary of contents Agostino, abbot of S. Zeno, Pisa, Spiritual letters to the nuns of S. Marta, Siena (palimpsest).
Language Italian
Origin Italian
Date 15th century
Material parchment, paper

Decoration
Blue initial with red penwork on fol. 1. Plain red initials.

Provenance

Quaritch codes.
Bibliography
1953
Bodleian Library Record, 4, no. 4, April 1953, 228


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