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Name: I Leonardus Brunus Aretinus Historiarum Florentini Populi Libri XII

Repository: University Library

Settlement: Sydney, in the University of Sydney

Associated Manuscript Items:
Historiarum Florentini Populi Libri XII

Library ref: MS. Nicholson 15

Acquisition: Sir Charles Nicholson's family presented the volume in 1924

Binding: 18c. russia over boards; the covers bear in blind semiÑlunar cornerÑpieces with fillets forming trellisÑwork, and a centre-piece of stylized floral design. The spine has been rebacked; it now has fleurons in blind and the gilt lettering LEONARDI / ARRETINI / HISTORIA / FLORENTINA / M.S. IN MEMB.

Catchwords: Catchwords agree

Collation: (10)1-13 (8)14 (10)15-20 (6)21. Ar.ÑAv., 203v.Ñ204v., Dr.ÑDv. are blank


Condition: Edges cut, gilded and goffered

Deco desc: Florentine[N128] in style: red rubrics and faded red running Book numbers in roman numerals; at the head of each Book (2r., 17v., 38v., 53v., 76v., lOOr., 119v., 136r., 156v., 172v., 182r., 195v.) is a gold initial (from 45 x 40 to 35 x 35mm.) with interlacing branches or vine tendrils on a light blue ground, with red and green interstices. At the beginning of the Preface on ir. is an historiated initial (60 x 55mm.) in the same style, portraying the author, almost full-length, wearing a crown of laurels, mauve and red habit, and hold ing a book before him, exhibiting two open pages. On three sides of the folio the initial is enhanced by a border of interlaced shoots with birds, putti, a chandelier and gold spangles. In the centre of the lower border is a circle which contains traces of the imprint of a metal stamp, but the details have been effaced [N128] Professor Dunston kindly advises me that the decoration is almost certainly the work of the distinguished miniator Francesco dÕAntonio del Cherico. See P. dÕAncona and E. Aeschlimann, Dictionnaire des Miniaturistes, 2nd ed., Milan 1949, p. 46.

Dimensions: 345 x 235 mm

Extent: iv + 204

Foliation: foliation in contemporary faded red arabic numerals,

Hand desc: Italian littera humanistica textualis


Layout: one col. of 36 lines

Library ref alt:

List bibl: Exhibition, p.15, no.22, pl. III; (?) A. J. Dunston, ÔTwo Gentlemen of Florence Ñ Amerigus and Philippus CorsinusÕ, Scriptorium, Vol.XXII (1968), pp.46Ñ50, pl.11-13.

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Orig date: s. xv

Orig place:


Provenance: inside front cover is a pencil note in English on the author and his text, then underneath is pasted the armorial book-plate of Augustus Frederick, Duke of Sussex,Õ numbered vi-E.a.14 and carrying pencil notes Ô6/6/0Õ, Ô13[fraction1/2] x 9[fraction1/2] In.Õ, ÔSaec XVÕ. There follows an extract (entry no.82) from the EvansÕ sale catalogue the MS. was sold to Henry George Bohn for [pound sign]3.10.0. The Ô6/6/0Õ just mentioned seems to be the price Sir Charles Nicholson paid when acquiring the codex, presumably from Bohn. Inside the front and back covers is the armorial book-plate of Sir Charles Nicholson, Bart.

Record hist source: Sinclair no. 113 I


Signatures: quire signatures present

Support: vellum, fly leaves i, iv 18c. paper


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