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

MS. Add. A. 189

Summary Catalogue no.: 29158



Commissio of Doge Alvise Mocenigo (1570-7) appointing the 'potestas' of Treviso

Colophon: Datt' Jn nostro Ducali Palatio Die x Maii Indic' prima. MClxxiij.

Fols. 157-64v were written in different hands, fols. 165-167v are blank. The text is defective at the beginning.

Language(s): Latin and Italian

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment
Extent: 166 + iii fols.
Dimensions (leaf): 220 × 160 mm.
Dimensions (written): 165 × 115 mm.


1 col., 24 lines.


Humanistica cursiva.

Written by the same scribe as MS. Selden Supra 68, Aloysius Zambeccari, 'secretarius', fol. 156v. Additions by Agostino Spinelli and Vincenzo Carbabeno, fols. 157r-v.


Fine miniatures on a separate bifolium, fols. ii, iii. By the same hand as MS. Selden Supra 68, related to the style of Giorgio Colonna. (P&A ii. 1018, pl. LXXXIV)

(fol. ii verso) miniature: St. Mark, with lion, presenting a volume to the Doge (a bearded man in red velvet edged with fur); Christ in a cloud above, with loincloth and banner, in rays of light.

(fol. iii recto) miniature: Venice as a finely dressed woman with sceptre, seated on a lion's back; two seated female figures: Justice with sword and scales, and another allegorical figure with a torch and putto.


Gold-tooled leather, late 16th cent., rebacked.


Origin: 1573 ; Italian Venice

Provenance and Acquisition

Arms, fol. ii verso, of the Bragadin family of Venice.

Bought from Thomas Boone of London, 1879, for £6.

Record Sources

Adapted (2017) from A. G. Watson, Catalogue of Dated and Datable Manuscripts, Pächt and Alexander, and the Summary Catalogue (1905); additional description of decoration by Elizabeth Solopova, c. 2000.

Digital Images

Digital Bodleian (2 images from 35mm slides)


    A. G. Watson, Catalogue of Dated and Datable Manuscripts c.435-1600 in Oxford Libraries (Oxford, 1984), no. 11
    Otto Pächt and J. J. G. Alexander, Illuminated Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library Oxford, II (1970), no. 1018

Last Substantive Revision

2017-07-01: First online publication.