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MS. Digby 78

Summary Catalogue no.: 1679


Language(s): Latin

(fols. 1r-63v)
Giovanni Boccaccio, De claris mulieribus

Fol. 1r-v, table of contents.

(fol. 64r)

Colophon, followed by extracts and verses:

Sidonius, Carm. (ix.230–8)
Rubric: Tetrasticon Virgilij
Anthologia Latina (no. 160 = ICL 15908 and 798)

WIC 18652

Rubric: Ista sunt nomina solis
Rubric: Nomina lune
(fols. 64v-70r)


(fol. 70v)

List of payments and recipes; refers to 'carlini', a Neopolitan coin. Added, fifteenth century.

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: paper; first watermark (to c. fol. 34), horn, resembles Briquet 7673, 7661, Mošin–Traljić 5035–7; second watermark, horn, close to Briquet 7672.
Extent: ii (parchment) + 70 + ii (parchment)
Foliation: i-ii, 1–72
Foliation: Early foliation (of the present folios 1–66) 1–68, including folios 2 and 11 which are now missing.


Written by fr. Bartholomeus de Gardinis of Bologna (colophon, fol. 64r)


Origin: 14th century, end ; Italian, Bologna (?)

Provenance and Acquisition

Bologna origin suggested by the watermarks and the scribe's name. The manuscript may soon after have been in Naples (fol. 70v).

Kenelm Digby, 1603–1665

Donated to the Bodleian, 1634.

Record Sources

Description adapted (June 2019) from the Quarto Catalogue (W. D. Macray, Bodleian Library Quarto Catalogues IX: Digby Manuscripts, repr. with addenda by R. W. Hunt and A. G. Watson, 1999). The date 's. xv ex' in the printed text is a misprint.

Digital Images

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Last Substantive Revision

2019-06-12: Description updated for Digital Bodleian