A catalogue of Western manuscripts at the Bodleian Libraries and selected Oxford colleges

MS. Add. C. 14

Summary Catalogue no.: 24747


Petrarch, Vite degli Uomini illustri

Italian translation of Donato degli Albanzani da Pratovecchio.

Language(s): Italian

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment, paper


Humanistic script. (Pächt and Alexander ii. 285, pl. XXVI)


Pächt and Alexander ii. 285, pl. XXVI:

Fine initial.

fol. 1r

  • Type initial R(omolo)
  • Subject Gold 8-line initial with white-stem interlace and floral designs.

Fine border.

  • Type border, upper, left and lower margins
  • Subject White-stem interlace, floral designs, gold disks, three birds, three butterflies and four putti. In the lower margin two putti support a laurel wreath, encircling a medallion, left blank to be filled with a coat of arms.


Origin: 15th century, third quarter ; Italian, Florence

Record Sources

Summary description by Elizabeth Solopova and Matthew Holford, based on the Summary Catalogue and supplementary sources.

Last Substantive Revision

2017-07-01: First online publication.