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Montagu Manuscripts



Introduction

The Montagu collection was bequeathed to the Library by Captain Montagu Montagu, Royal Navy, after his death in 1863. The collection of manuscripts, largely autographs acquired from the Upcott and Wilson sales, and about 600 printed volumes were received by the Library chiefly in April 1864.


Shelfmark MS. Montagu d. 32
Summary Catalogue no. 25401
Summary of contents Leonardo Bruni, Life of Petrarch. Petrarch, Il Canzoniere; Trionfi.
Language Latin and Italian
Origin Italian Florence
Date c. 1470-1480
Material parchment

Decoration
Fine historiated and other borders and initials. Humanistic script attributable to Bartolomeo Fonzio. Indian miniature made for Sir Elijah Impey, 1775, inserted on fol. 5. (P&A ii. 315, pl. XXIX)
fol. 5v
Type miniature
Subject Inserted Indian miniature with a young man in long tunic and headdress, holding a gold staff, with his hand over the shoulders of a young woman in long dress, cloak and veil.
fol. 7r
Type initial F(rancesco)
Subject Gold 4-line initial with vine-stem decoration on a multicoloured ground.
Type border, upper, left and lower margin
Subject The border is formed by double gold bars and vine-stem decoration on a multicoloured ground, with an owl, peacock (?) and gold disks. At the bottom of the page two winged putti support a laurel wreath with the coat of arms of Francesco Sassetti.
3- to 4-line gold initials and borders in left and upper margins, formed by sprays of flowers, leaves, fruit and gold disks, on fols. 14r, 138r, 190r. Border on fol. 14r includes an elaborate urn.

Images
Catalogue image Vol. 5, p. 113
Catalogue image Vol. 5, p. 114
Manuscript image fol. 7r Gold 4-line initial F(rancesco) with vine-stem decoration on a multicoloured ground extending into border on three sides, with birds, putti and arms framed by a laurel wreath. Pen drawing of a laurel wreath, tied with ribbons, with initials 'F P', in the right margin on fol. 199r.

Shelfmark MS. Montagu d. 33
Summary Catalogue no. 25402
Summary of contents Petrarch, Il Canzoniere; Trionfi.
Language Italian
Origin Italian Florence
Date 15th century, third quarter
Material parchment

Decoration
Fine historiated and other borders, historiated and other initials. Humanistic script. (P&A ii. 290, pl. XXVI)
fol. 9r
Type initial V
Subject Half-figure of the author holding a book.
Type border, upper, left and lower margins
Subject Vine-stem decoration, birds. In the lower margin two putti support a medallion left blank to be filled with a coat of arms.

Images
Catalogue image Vol. 5, p. 114
Manuscript image fol. 9r Author portrait of Petrarch.

Shelfmark MS. Montagu e. 1
Summary Catalogue no. 25403
Summary of contents Petrarch, Trionfi.
Language Italian
Origin Italian Florence
Date 15th century, third quarter
Material parchment

Decoration
Fine historiated border, initials. In the style of Francesco d'Antonio del Cherico. Humanistic script. (P&A ii. 295, pl. XXVII)
Gold 2- to 3-line initials on multi-coloured ground at the begining of sections of text.
fol. 1r
Type full border
Subject Winged putti and birds against background of interlaced white stems with folliage and flowers; gold disks. Seven panels with miniatures: Love as blindfold winged putto with bow and arrow; two panels with half-figues of a young man and a woman in conversation or embracing; profile head of the author with laurel wreath; a lion; a stag; a red lily of Florence. At the bottom of the page two winged putti support a diamond ring (a Medici emblem) with a coat of arms (azure a castle argent surmounting three mounts or).
fol. 21r
Type initial Q(vando)
Subject Gold 2-line initial with a figure of Pudicitia as a young woman (rubed).
Type border, left margin
Subject Interlaced white stems with folliage and flowers; gold disks.
fol. 26r
Type initial Q(vesta)
Subject Gold 2-line initial with Death, holding a scroll.
Type border, left margin
Subject Interlaced white stems with folliage and flowers; gold disks.
fol. 30r
Type initial L(a)
Subject Gold 2-line initial with Death, holding a scythe.
Type border, left margin
Subject Interlaced white stems with folliage and flowers; gold disks.
fol. 35r
Type border, left margin
Subject Interlaced white stems with folliage and flowers; gold disks; panel a seated figure, holding sword and scales. Gold 2-line initial N(el).
fol. 49r
Type initial N(el)
Subject Gold 2-line initial with a winged figure representing Time.
Type border, left margin
Subject Interlaced white stems with folliage and flowers; gold disks; panel with sand clock.
fol. 52v
Type border, left margin
Subject Interlaced white stems with folliage and flowers; gold disks; panel with a half-figure of a bearded man (rubbed).

Images
Catalogue image Vol. 5, p. 114
Catalogue image Vol. 5, p. 115
Manuscript image fol. 4r Vine-stem border with putti, birds and framed vignettes with a bust of Petrarch, blindfold love, pairs of lovers, the lily of Florence, a stag and a lion. Arms set in a diamond ring (a Medici emblem).

Shelfmark MS. Montagu e. 4
Summary Catalogue no. 25406
Summary of contents Petrarch, Letter to N. Acciaiuoli. Leonardo, Chancellor of Florence, Oration. Albertano di Brescia, Amaestramenti. Proverbs.
Language Italian
Origin Italian
Date 15th century
Material paper

Decoration
Coloured capitals.

Images
Catalogue image Vol. 5, p. 115

Shelfmark MS. Montagu e. 6
Summary Catalogue no. 25398
Summary of contents Juvenal, Satires.
Language Latin
Origin Italian, Rome
Date 15th century, third quarter
Material parchment

Decoration
Fine border, initials. (P&A ii. 348, pl. XXXII)
fol. 2r
Type initial S(emper)
Subject Gold 6-line initial with white vine-stem decoration on multicoloured ground.
Type full border
Subject Gold bars and white vine-stem decoration on multicoloured ground; birds; medallion with laurel wreath and arms of Castracani degli Antelminelli of Fano.
4- to 7-line gold initials with white vine-stem decoration on multicoloured ground at the beginning of books (fols. 25r, 40r, 55v and 71v).
2- to 3-line plain blue initials at the begining of satires.

Images
Catalogue image Vol. 5, p. 112
Catalogue image Vol. 5, p. 113

Shelfmark MS. Montagu e. 7
Summary Catalogue no. 25397
Summary of contents Persius, Satires. Juvenal, Satires.
Language Latin
Origin Italian
Date 15th century, second half
Material paper

Decoration
Initials (defaced). Humanistic script. (P&A ii. 972)
Gold initials on blue or green background with floral designs on fols. 7r and 25r (defaced).

Images
Catalogue image Vol. 5, p. 112

Shelfmark MS. Montagu e. 8
Summary Catalogue no. 25399
Summary of contents Horace, works. Persius, fragment.
Language Latin
Origin Italian Central Florence (?)
Date 1460
Material parchment

Decoration
Good initials. Written in humanistic script by Jo. Albertaccio di Daniello degli Alberti. (P&A ii. 276)

Images
Catalogue image Vol. 5, p. 113

Shelfmark MS. Montagu e. 9
Summary Catalogue no. 25400
Summary of contents Psalter.
Language Latin
Origin Italian Florence or Rome
Date after 1515
Material parchment

Decoration
Fine borders, historiated initial, other initials. (P&A ii. 995, pl. LXXXI)
fol. 4r
Type initial B(eatus)
Subject 4-line gold initial, decorated with floral, zoomorphic and anthropomorphic designs, on blue background in rectangular frame; infilled with a figure of nimbed King David, kneeling in prayer with landscape in the background.
Type full border
Subject Rectangular border with gold floral, zoomorphic and anthropomorphic designs, including beasts, birds, grotesques, masks, human figures and coiled tendrils with leaves, on red, green and blue background. Eight medallions, seven formed by gemmed rings and one, in the lower margin, supported by two putti. Two of the medallions (left and right margins) are infilled with the arms of the Medici; six are infilled with the emblems of the Medici: three ostrich feathers with ‘semper’ written on a white scroll and double yoke, surmounted by N, with ‘svave’ written on a white scroll.
2- to 3-line gold initials with floral, zoomorphic and anthropomorphic designs, in rectangular frames, on red, blue and green background with gold dots and arabesque designs, decorated with coats of arms and emblems of the Medici (gemmed ring, double yoke, sometimes surmounted by N, three ostrich feathers); borders in left margins formed by strips with emblems of the Medici (gemmed ring, double yoke, sometimes surmounted by N, three ostrich feathers, lion masks, staff raguly, silver scroll sometimes with lettering ‘semper’) on white background, often with silver dots, or on red and blue background, often with gold dots and arabesque designs, at the beginning of psalms 11 (fol. 14v), 21 (fol. 26r), 36 (fol. 45v), 46 (fol. 61r), 56 (fol. 73v), 66 (fol. 84v), 86 (fol. 115v), 96 (fol. 128v), 111 (fol. 151r), 121 (fol. 169r), 131 (fol. 174v), 141 (fol. 184v), the beginning of the canticles (fol. 194r) and prayers before mass (fol. 211v). 3-line initial, without border is at the start of daily canticles, fol. 205r.
2-line gold initials with floral, zoomorphic and anthropomorphic designs, in square frames, on red, blue and green background, sometimes with gold dots and arabesque designs, decorated with various devices and emblems of the Medici (gemmed ring, staff raguly, silver scroll, double yoke sometimes surmounted by N) at the beginning of prayers, psalms and canticles. Guide letters occasionally preserved in the margins.
Plain gold initials on alternating red, blue and green background at the beginning of verses and periods.

Images
Catalogue image Vol. 5, p. 113
Manuscript image fol. 127v Early humanistic script with decorated initials S(alutare) and C(antate).


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