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

MS. Montagu e. 1

Summary Catalogue no.: 25403

Contents

Petrarch , Trionfi
Language(s): Italian

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment

Decoration

Fine historiated border, initials. In the style of Francesco d'Antonio del Cherico. Humanistic script. (P&A ii. 295, pl. XXVII)

Gold 2- to 3-line initials on multi-coloured ground at the begining of sections of text.

fol. 1r

  • Type full border
  • Subject Winged putti and birds against background of interlaced white stems with folliage and flowers; gold disks. Seven panels with miniatures: Love as blindfold winged putto with bow and arrow; two panels with half-figues of a young man and a woman in conversation or embracing; profile head of the author with laurel wreath; a lion; a stag; a red lily of Florence. At the bottom of the page two winged putti support a diamond ring (a Medici emblem) with a coat of arms (azure a castle argent surmounting three mounts or).

fol. 21r

  • Type initial Q(vando)
  • Subject Gold 2-line initial with a figure of Pudicitia as a young woman (rubed).
  • Type border, left margin
  • Subject Interlaced white stems with folliage and flowers; gold disks.

fol. 26r

  • Type initial Q(vesta)
  • Subject Gold 2-line initial with Death, holding a scroll.
  • Type border, left margin
  • Subject Interlaced white stems with folliage and flowers; gold disks.

fol. 30r

  • Type initial L(a)
  • Subject Gold 2-line initial with Death, holding a scythe.
  • Type border, left margin
  • Subject Interlaced white stems with folliage and flowers; gold disks.

fol. 35r

  • Type border, left margin
  • Subject Interlaced white stems with folliage and flowers; gold disks; panel a seated figure, holding sword and scales. Gold 2-line initial N(el).

fol. 49r

  • Type initial N(el)
  • Subject Gold 2-line initial with a winged figure representing Time.
  • Type border, left margin
  • Subject Interlaced white stems with folliage and flowers; gold disks; panel with sand clock.

fol. 52v

  • Type border, left margin
  • Subject Interlaced white stems with folliage and flowers; gold disks; panel with a half-figure of a bearded man (rubbed).

History

Origin: 15th century, third quarter ; Italian, Florence

Record Sources

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

Digital Images

Digital Bodleian (7 images from 35mm slides)