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MS. Ital. f. 3

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


Agostino, abbot of S. Zeno, Pisa, Spiritual letters to the nuns of S. Marta, Siena
Rubric: Incominciano alquanto epistole utilissime del venerabile religioso servo di dio dompno Augustino dell ordine di Camoldoli abbate dignissimo di sancto Zeno in Pisa le quali mando alle venerabili religiose monache del monasterio di sancta Martha in Siena sue figlie in Iesu Christo
(fol. 349r)

A letter to 'domno Augustino alle Murate quando era in Pisa nostro patre per mai sempre.

(fol. 353r)

A letter to 'Iacomo rectore della compagnia della vergine Maria nostro confessore dignissimo per anni XXXI'.

Language(s): Italian

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: Parchment and paper. The parchment was originally used for writing various kinds of documents (fols. 138 and 153 appear to have been tax returns). Watermarks: cross-bow (cf. Briquet, no. 813 or 825); crown? (fol. 19); ladder (cf. Briquet, no. 5907); letter M (fol. 98, only partly visible); circle and cross (cf. Briquet, nos. 2940–2); two unequal circles and a cross (not in Briquet); fleur-de-lis (cf. briquet, no. 6788).
Extent: i (medieval? parchment) + 297 + i (modern? parchment) leaves.
Dimensions (leaf): 135 × 100 mm.
Dimensions (written): 95 × 70–5 mm.
Foliation: The main text foliated in 18th(?)-century Italian ink: 1–56[a], 57[a], 58[a], 56[b], 57[b], 58[b]-173, 176–217, 278–354; the flyleaves foliated in modern pencil: i, 355.


1(4), 2(14), 3(14), 4(20) 5(18), 6(20), 7(16), 8(16), 9(18), 10(16), 11(16), 12(14), 13(12), 14(12), 15(16), 16(18), 17(16)-19(16), 20(4)(4 canc.) Catchwords.


19–27 lines, in 1 column.


Blue initial with red penwork on fol. 1. Plain red initials.


Quarter-bound in polished brown leather and marbled paper over pasteboards; the joits split and crudely repaired; the spine lettered in gilt 'AUGUSTINO | ABBATE | CAMALDOLESE | EPISTOLE || M. S. | SECOLO | XV.'


Origin: 15th century ; Italian

Provenance and Acquisition

Quaritch, inscibed with their codes.

E. Crawshaw, inscribed with his code 'P/-' next to '30' and '10' within the curves of an 'S', followed by '00' (cf. MS. Lat. bib. c. 10, and MS. Lat. liturg. e. 14).

Bought by the Bodleian in 1951.

Record Sources

Typescript description by Bodleian Library staff, revised by Peter Kidd, late 1990s.

Last Substantive Revision

2017-07-01: First online publication.