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

MS. Lyell 81


Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment


On fols. 1r, 2v, 23r, 66v, faceted initials in blue, green, or plum on rectangular backgrounds with concave sides and bevelled corners in the same colours; smaller initials plain red or blue. In the lower margin of fol. 1r on a delicately shaded blue background two standing putti support the Barbo arms, with a cross and cardinal’s hat above. Probably the dedication copy presented to Cardinal Marco Barbo, patriarch of Aquileia, by Barozzi whilst bishop of Belluno, 1471–1487. (P&A ii. 560, pl. LII)


Origin: 1471–1487 ; Italian, Veneto (?)

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)

Digital Images

Digital Bodleian (2 images from 35mm slides)

Last Substantive Revision

2018-06-15: Mitch Fraas Provenance and acquisition information added using https://github.com/littlegustv/oxfordupdates/blob/master/test_case_for_oxford_prov.rb in collaboration with the Mapping Manuscript Migrations project.