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MS. Gr. misc. e. 4

Summary Catalogue no.: 28998


Manuel Chrysoloras, Letters

Two letters to Coluccio Salutati

Four leaves lost at the beginning

Incipit: Καί τούτο δείγμα άν είη οίμαι ποείν θαυμαστόν
Language(s): Greek

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: paper
Extent: i + 11 leaves
Dimensions (leaf): 216 × 146 mm.
Dimensions (written): 133 × 65 mm.


'Fancy paper covers' (Summary Catalogue)


Origin: 15th century

Provenance and Acquisition

As shown by B. L. Ullmann, Studies in the Italian Renaissance (1955), 279-83, this manuscript was once part of Naples, Biblioteca Nazionale, II D 26; it was removed from there probably in the late 18th century.

An armorial bookplate (early 19th cent. ?) bears argent a cross between four mullets pierced gules (for Flamank or Banbury), but the crest is a cubit-arm vested holding a sprig of acorns: the name at foot has been nearly erased. Ullmann read 'Thomas(?) Fl⟨amank⟩'

This appears to be the volume described as 'Chrysoloras Manuale' bought from G. E. Mason on Feb. 28, 1870, for 6s.

Record Sources

Description adapted (August 2022) from the following sources, with additional reference to published literature as cited:
N. Wilson, Medieval Greek Bookhands (1973), no. 72
Summary Catalogue (1897)

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Last Substantive Revision

2022-08: Description revised for publication on Digital Bodleian.