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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 = Schaller and Könsgen 15908 + 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.

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Last Substantive Revision

2019-06-12: Description updated for Digital Bodleian