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├Ącht and Alexander 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)

Last Substantive Revision

2017-07-01: First online publication.