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MS. Lyell 80


Michele da Pavia , Poems (addressed to the condottiere Gentile Virginio Orsini of Bracciano (d. 1497) and other members of his family)
Language(s): Latin

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment


The headings and first line of the first poem are written in large capitals in alternate lines of gold and blue. There are no initials for the later poems, but their headings are written in violet or red; a black bear, symbolizing the Orsini, has been painted at the beginning of several of the poems. Probably the presentation copy and written by Michele himself. (P&A ii. 374)


Origin: 15th century, late ; Italian

Provenance and Acquisition

James P. R. Lyell, 1871-1948

Chosen as one of the hundred manuscripts bequeathed to the Bodleian by Lyell in 1948.

Record Sources

Summary description abbreviated from A. de la Mare, Catalogue of the Medieval Manuscripts Bequeathed to the Bodleian Library Oxford by James P. R. Lyell (1971)