Medieval & Renaissance Manuscripts
Poetry of Serafino dei Ciminelli dall'Aquila, Jacopo Sannazaro, and Jacopo Corsi
Date of origin:1525-1530
Place of origin:Italy
Foliation is in lead in a modern hand at the top-right corner of every folium.
Dimensions:192mm x 125mm (leaves), 100mm x 85mm (ruled space)
Collation:ii 110 (-1) 210 ii The front and back pastedowns and the fly-leaves are made of paper; they were inserted when the codex was re-bound by the Bookbinder's Co-operative Society of London. The original first folium appears to have been lost or excised. It is likely that the opening folium was blank or ornamental because the first text on f. 1r starts at the beginning of a sonnet rather than in the middle of a poem.
Script:The hand is a neat humanistic one. The capital letters of each line, as well as the titles occasionally observed at the top of a folium announcing the poet and text that follow, are written in capitalis quadrata.
Binding:Vellum over paper boards. "Seraphino Aquilano--Sannazaro. M.S.S." is stamped in gold capitals on the thin spine.
Additions:A modern hand in lead has written a full-page description of the contents of the manuscript on ii.v of the front fly-leaves. The language is Italian. On the pastedown inside the front cover, there is a number or date "Vt 2/4/27" that likewise appears in the same location of ND MS 18.
The codex was owned at one time by Giuseppe Martini, the individual responsible for the description of the contents of the manuscript on ii.v of the front fly-leaves.