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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. (Pächt and Alexander 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)


Last Substantive Revision

2017-07-01: First online publication.