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(fol. 3)
Paolo da Trento, Spechio de religiosi
Rubric: Spechio de religiosi composto dal reverendo padre maestro Paolo da Trento del sacro ordine di confrati heremitani di sancto Augustino sopra li tre vodi dele religione

Apparently addressed to a group of Augustinian sisters but preceded (fol. 1) by a dedicatory preface to Agostino Barbarigo, doge of Venice (1486–1501). On fol. 1v the author mentions a bull for the celebration of the feast of St. Augustine which had been granted to him; the is the bull of Alexander VI, 22 June 1493, granting special celebration of the feat in the province of Augustinian hermits of the March of Treviso, i.e. the Veneto, at the request of the friars Paulo da Padova, provincial, and M. Paolo da Trento, visitors of the province (Bullarium Ord. Erem. S. Aug., ed. L. Empoli (1628), pp. 34–5).

Language(s): Italian
(fol. 96)
Rubric: El modo a fare professione in el ordine di frati heremitani de sancto Augustino

'Frater Paulus de Tridento' promises obedience 'fratri Augustino priori loci sancti Stephani', i.e. the Augustinian convent of S. Stefano in Venice.

Language(s): Latin
(fol. 96)
Language(s): Latin

Physical Description

Secundo Folio: dedicate
Form: codex
Support: parchment
Extent: i (modern paper) + 98 + i (paper)
Dimensions (leaf): 187 × 127 mm.
Dimensions (written): 124 × 78 mm.
Foliation: i, 1, 2a-b, 3–98: the main text with an early ink foliation: 1–96, omitting a leaf after fol. 2[a], now foliated '2b' in modern pencil.


1(10)-9(10), 10(8)


21 lines


Fine humanistic italic hand with vernacular features.


Fine historiated initials, the first rather badly flaked, perhaps by the 'Maestro de' giuramenti' (see G. Mariani Canova, La miniatura veneta del Rinascimento, 1969, p. 80 and tavv. 140–2).

(fol. 1) St. Augustine, writing.

(fol. 2bv) St. Jerome holding a torhc.

Flower borders, on fol. 1 with wreath containing arms of a Barbarigo doge.


Italian binding in worn red velvet over pasteboard.


Origin: 1493–1501 ; Italian, Venice (?)

Provenance and Acquisition

Presumably the dedication copy.

Bought, 1973.

Record Sources

Typescript description by Bodleian Library staff.

Last Substantive Revision

2017-07-01: First online publication.