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Name: Iohannes Boccatius De Montibus Silvis Fontibus etc.

Repository: University Library

Settlement: Sydney, in the University of Sydney

Associated Manuscript Items:
De Montibus Silvis Fontibus etc.

Library ref: MS. Nicholson 22

Acquisition: Sir Charles Nicholson's family donated the MS to the library in 1924

Binding: 19c. calf over boards, covers with panel of stylized florets in blind, spine with title in gilt and top half removed.

Catchwords: Catchwords agree

Collation: (6)1 (10)2-15 (8)16 (7)17. Ar. marbled, Bv.-Ev., 1r.-6r., 155r.-161v., Fr.-Jr. blank, Jv. marbled. One sheet, not included in the count, has been excised from quire 1


Condition: Edges cut Worm-holes in fols 1-6, 155-61 without loss of text.

Deco desc: red letters alternate with brown in first words of each Book; red initials in each section of the catalogue; space left for large initials.

Dimensions: 215 x 145 mm

Extent: viii + 161


Hand desc: Italian littera humanistica cursiva


Layout: one col. of 30 lines

Library ref alt:

List bibl: K. V. Sinclair, ÔA Boccaccio Manuscript in AustraliaÕ, Papers of the Bibliographical Society of America, Vol.LVI (1962), pp.56-65; Exhibition, pp.15-16, no.24.

Music notation:


Orig date: s. xv2

Orig place:


Provenance: 6v. by 16c. hand is a note in Latin about the author of the text; 154 v. carries a note in a 17c. hand referring to the marriage of Forestus, son of Francesco Foresti on ÔXa iunii 1638Õ in the Church of San Pietro at Signa;[N150] inside the front cover is the armorial book-plate (motto COR NON JECUR) of John Haddon Hindley,[N151] and that of John Lee of Doctors Commons, London, as well as the label and sale catalogue entry of Howell and Stewart, 295 Holborn, London; Av. and Br. carry in LeeÕs hand a note to the effect that the MS. was no.5319 in Howell and StewartÕs 2nd Supplement for the Oriental Catalogue, 1828; Av. also has the signature of Lee and two nos in his hand Ô5588Õ and Ô7158Õ, as well as in pencil by another 19c. hand these same numbers almost effaced and ÔM/BocatiÕ, Ô2/28Õ, ÔcenÕ, Ô6/6Õ, then the armorial book-plate of Sir Charles Nicholson, Bart. [N150] Signa is a commune a few miles to the west of Florence. [N151] Orientalist, Chaplain of Manchester Collegiate Church and Librarian of the Chetham Library (1765-1827).

Record hist source: Sinclair no. 120



Support: paper water-marks are the letter T in a circle surmounted by a plain cross cf. Briquet, Vol.III, no.9130 (Udine 1441 and 1451, Perugia 1446, Rome 1447-56), and crossed arrows cf. ibid., Vol.II, no.6269 (Venice 1454, Venzona 1456), and one not in Briquet, crescents back to back surmounted by a star on a pole placed parallel to the vertical crescent


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