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

MS. Lat. misc. d. 85

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


Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment
Extent: i (paper) + 126 + i (paper)
Dimensions (leaf): 255 × 165 mm.
Dimensions: 162-4 × 81-3 (89-91 incl. left bounding lines) mm.
Foliation: Contemporary foliation in pink ink, in roman numerals, the first character between the pair of right-hand vertical bounding lines: xlj-lxii, 63, lxiiii-lxxxvi, lxxxiii-clxvi; half of fols. cviii and cx excised, including the foliation; one preceding flyleaf foliated in modern pencil, as is final original parchment leaf, and a flyleaf, foliated i and 167-168


21 lines; but occasionally over-running to ruling to give up to 23 lines on a page; in 1, sometimes 2 column(s)


Humanistic capitals and italic script, in brown and pink inks. Written by Bartolomeo Fonzio.


Fine miniatures (mostly wash drawings). In the style of the school of Botticelli. (P&A ii. 329, pl. XXX)

Miniatures depicting a Castel sant'Angelo, Rome (fol. 63r), an elephant (fol. 72v), a giraffe (fol. 73r), classical capitals, arcades and other classical remains and sculptures and inscriptions seen in Rome (fols. 132v-153r, 161v)


Bound in plain parchment over thin pasteboards; the spine inscribed 'Noti|zie | Belle | e | nece[...] | [...] | Anti[qu?..] | di | Roma'; the brown leather case lettered in gilt on the spine 'COLLECTANEA | EPIGRAPHICA | SAECULI XV.'


Origin: 15th century, end ; Italian, Florence

Provenance and Acquisition

Vincenzo Chiarelli Lazio, 19th century, with his booklabel glued to the upper pastedown

John Marshall (1862-1928).

E. P. Warren (1860-1928), inscribed 'EPW from JM' (fol. ir).

Prof. Bernard Ashmole.

Record Sources

Preliminary description by Peter Kidd, late 1990s.

Digital Images

Digital Bodleian (49 images from 35mm slides)