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Name: Iohannes Boccatius De Mulieribus Claris

Repository: Collection of C. A. Pearl (formerly)

Settlement: Paddington, NSW

Associated Manuscript Items:
De Mulieribus Claris

Library ref: none

Acquisition: The codex was sold c.1946 to the present owner by Messrs Angus and Robertson of Sydney

Binding: 19c. crimson paper over boards with gilt florets around the edges; spine re-backed with red morocco carries lettering in gilt BOCACII / DE / MULIERIBUS / CLARIS / MANUSCRITS (sic) and lower down M.S.

Catchwords: Catchwords agree

Collation: (12)1-13 (13)14 Av., Br.-v. are blank


Condition: Edges trimmed. Water stains occasionally in the upper and lower margins.

Deco desc: Red rubrics; initials alternately red with blue penwork, blue with red penwork. Chapter titles in the tables on 1r.-3r. have been underlined in red and provided with a folio number by the rubricator. On 3v. is an historiated initial depicting the author kneeling, clad in a crimson academic gown, presenting his work to Andreola Acciaiuoli da Firenze, Countess of Altavilla, who is seated beneath the canopy of a mauve-coloured throne. In three margins, framing the text, is a panel of leaf-sprays and flowers in blue, mauve, black, green, red, and brown. The outer margin contains the shield of an unidentified owner. Surmounted by a processional cross, the arms are quarterly 1 and 4 gules, a bend argent, 2 and 3 gules, a single-headed splayed eagle argent.

Dimensions: 216 x 145 mm


Foliation: foliation by the scribe using arabic numerals

Hand desc: Italian littera fere humanistica


Layout: one col. of 27 lines

Library ref alt:

List bibl: An edition of an early recension of the text will be found in P. G. Ricci, Giovanni Boccaccio, Opere in Versi ; Corbaccio ; Trattatello in Laude di Dante ; Prose Latine ; Epistole, Milan and Naples 1965, pp.705-83.

Music notation:

Note: Noted by Sinclair in this private collection in 1969. No longer in an Australian collection (since 1970s).

Orig date: s. xv third quarter

Orig place:


Provenance: Apart from the unidentified coat of arms, the MS. carries on Ar. the stencilled lion rampant, and "Sir T. P. / Middle Hill" and "2862" of the celebrated English collector Sir Thomas Phillipps, Bart. He had acquired it from the Parisian bookseller Royez between 1823 and 1826. See A. N. L. Munby, The Formation of the Phillipps Library up to the year 1840, Cambridge 1954, pp.21,149.

Record hist source: Sinclair no. 246


Signatures: quire signatures by the scribe as A1, A2 etc., then again by the rubricator as Ai, Aii, Aiii, etc.

Support: Paper: watermark is an ox-head surmounted by a simple star, not identical with any of the ox-heads in Briquet, although it is of the style of no.14184 in Briquet, Vol.IV


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