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

MS. Montagu d. 32

Summary Catalogue no.: 25401


Leonardo Bruni, Life of Petrarch

Followed by Latin note about Petrarch and fragment of a Latin letter from Petrarch.

Language(s): Italian and Latin
Petrarch, Il Canzoniere
Language(s): Italian
Petrarch, Trionfi
Language(s): Italian

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment


Fine historiated and other borders and initials. Humanistic script attributable to Bartolomeo Fonzio. Indian miniature made for Sir Elijah Impey, 1775, inserted on fol. 5. (Pächt and Alexander ii. 315, pl. XXIX)

fol. 5v

  • Type miniature
  • Subject Inserted Indian miniature with a young man in long tunic and headdress, holding a gold staff, with his hand over the shoulders of a young woman in long dress, cloak and veil.

fol. 7r

  • Type initial F(rancesco)
  • Subject Gold 4-line initial with vine-stem decoration on a multicoloured ground.
  • Type border, upper, left and lower margin
  • Subject The border is formed by double gold bars and vine-stem decoration on a multicoloured ground, with an owl, peacock (?) and gold disks. At the bottom of the page two winged putti support a laurel wreath with the coat of arms of Francesco Sassetti.

3- to 4-line gold initials and borders in left and upper margins, formed by sprays of flowers, leaves, fruit and gold disks, on fols. 14r, 138r, 190r. Border on fol. 14r includes an elaborate urn.


Brown morocco with stamped gold ornament, doublé (early 19th cent. English work), with double-headed eagle displayed surrounded with the motto 'Perseverando'.


Origin: c. 1470–1480 ; Italian, Florence

Record Sources

Summary description by Elizabeth Solopova and Matthew Holford, based on the Summary Catalogue and supplementary sources.

Digital Images

Digital Bodleian (2 images from 35mm slides)

Last Substantive Revision

2022-04-04: Add binding information from Summary Catalogue.