A catalogue of Western manuscripts at the Bodleian Libraries and selected Oxford colleges

MS. Ital. e. 13

Summary Catalogue no.: Not in SC (late accession)


Rosarium odor vitae
Incipit: ⟨I⟩ nostri savii atici volero che per doe vie principale ...

A collection of eighty-one quotations in Latin from classical authors and the Bible, with Italian commentary.

Cf. Rosaio della vita: trattato morale attribuito a Matteo de' Corsini e composto nel MCCCLXXIII (Florence, 1845); on the attribution to Corsini cf. Anna Benvenuti Papi in Dizionario Biografico degli Italiani XXIX (1983)

Language(s): Latin, Italian
(fol. 31)

Alphabetical subject index

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: Paper, watermark head of a unicorn (cf. Briquet, no. 15768).
Extent: ii (modern paper) + 34 + ii (modern paper) leaves.
Dimensions (leaf): 210 × 150 mm.
Dimensions (written): 145-50 × 95-100 mm.
Foliation: Foliated in modern pencil: i-ii, 1-36; the original leaves (fols. 1-34) foliated in ink: 1-32, 24, 23(?) [sic].


1(12), 2(12), 3(10) Catchwords.


29-31 lines, in 1 column.


Written in humanistic script by Naninus de Marsilijs (see Provenance).


Spaces left blank for initials.


Three-quarter speckled brown leather and marbled paper over wood boards; rebacked.


Origin: 1440 ; Italian

Provenance and Acquisition

Colophon: 'Ego naninus de Marsilijs propria manu scripsi Et die xxij Junij Moccccoxl. Explevj' (fol. 34r), and below this the arms of Marsigli of Bologna (a pointed oval enclosing a representation of a battlemented bridge over a river), between the letters 'N' and 'A'.

Inscribed in a contemporary hand 'Iohannes de cankero de almania' (fol. 34v), and with verses containing his name.

16th-century inscription, read by an early Bodleian cataloguer as 'Libraria di santa maria di Pino' (fol. 1r), i.e. Notre Dame du Pin, a Benedictine priory of St. Victor, Marseilles; the inscription subsequently read by Watson, Catalogue of dated and datable manuscripts {ic}.435-1600 in Oxford libraries (2 vols., Oxford, Clarendon Press, 1984), I, no. 528, as 'Libraria di santa M(ari)a di piaz[a?]', probably the Cistercian abbey of S. Maria de Placii, Ceneda, Veneto.

According to John W. Bradley, A dictionary of miniaturists, illuminators, calligraphers, and copyists ... (3 vols., London, 1887-9), II, 265, this manuscript was in the 'Libri sale catal. x. 156', but this reference has not been found.

Thomas Arthur or William Ridler: with their price-code and erased price (fol. i verso; cf. Buchanan cat., Introduction).

Bought by the Bodleian in 1941.

Record Sources

Typescript description by Bodleian Library staff, revised by Peter Kidd, late 1990s; bibliography for Rosarium updated October 2017.

Last Substantive Revision

2017-07-01: First online publication.