Decameron 1313-1375 AD

Decameron 1313-1375 AD


Title: Decameron

Author: Boccaccio, Giovanni, 1313-1375 [author]

Date: 1467

Language: Italian

Page Number: 175

Description: Extent: ff. i (modern parchment) + 169 + i (modern parchment). Overall 360 x 265 mm (writing area 233 x 160 mm). | Layout: 50 written lines per page, below top line; in 2 columns. | Hand: Fine round Italian bookhand. | Decoration: One miniature, at the bottom of which a coat of arms has been cropped (fol. 5r, lower margin), with a four-sided border containing the motto and imprese of the patron; nine historiated initials (fols. 20v, 46r, 64v, 80v, 96v, 105r, 118v, 137v, 148r); numerous initials in gold and colours; lesser initials (one- to three-line) alternately in blue with red penwork, or red with purple penwork. | Binding: Sewn on six cords and bound in wood boards covered with fine purple velvet; the upper cover stamped in gilt with the Coke crest, the spine blank; the joints repaired; in a fitted telescopic leather case also stamped in gilt on the upper cover with the Coke crest, the spine lettered in gilt 'BOCCACCIO / IL DECAMERON / M. S.', and '531' at the bottom. | Provenance: Identifiable as the MS. illuminated for Teofilo Calcagnini (1441-88) of Ferrara, courtier of Borso d'Este, for which Taddeo Crivelli (fl. 1452-76) was paid in 1467. A three-line inscription at the end of the text has been erased. The Franciscan monastery of Santo Spirito in Reggio Emilia, with their ex libris inscriptions: 'Di. S. Spirito di Reggio' (fols. 1r, 89r). Probably acquired by Thomas Coke, Earl of Leicester in Italy between 1714 and 1717; signed by 'Thos. Willm. Coke (1754-1842); formerly Norfolk, Holkham Hall, MS. 531. Acquired by the Bodleian in 1981. | Record Origin: Description based on a draft description by Peter Kidd, late 1990s.

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