Holkham c. 2
Summary Catalogue no.: Not in SC (late accession)
Boccacio, Filostrato, Ninfale Fiesolano, etc., in Italian; Italy (north-east), 15th century, second half; MS. additions (foliated separately) to a printed book
Ends, fol. 34a, followed by the verses from Reginald of Canterbury:
Listed by V. Branca, Tradizione delle opere di Giovanni Boccaccio I, 1958, 43
Ends fol. 56. Leafs with stanzas 447–66 missing. Listed by Branca, op.cit., p. 53.
Pr. in various 15th cent. editions, also in L. B. Alberti, Opere volgari, ed. A. Bonucci, 1845, 3, pp. 275–94.
38–40 lines; in 2 columns. Frame ruled in crayon.
Cursive script resembling 'mercantesca'.
Initials plain red or blue
Holkham binding, made for Coke of Norfolk by John Jones of Liverpool, between 1815 and 1823. Bound up with Boccaccio, Filocolo, pr. Venice 1472 (GW 4463).
Provenance and Acquisition
Cosimo Almeni, of Florence, cavaliere of the Tuscan Order of S. Stephano: 'Questo libro e del Cavaliere Cosimo Almeni nato in Fiorenza ma discendente della Augustisima Citta di Perugia Cavaliere del hordine di Toscana di S. Stefano Papa e martie', with the cross of the Order, and the motto: 'Sic fortis Hetruria crescit. Pietas. Fortitudo. Nobilitas', 16th century.
Later Earl of Leicester, Holkham Hall, MS. 722
Last Substantive Revision
2017-07-01: First online publication.