De rerum natura

Record ID: 
112425
Accession number: 
MS M.482
Title: 
De rerum natura
Created: 
Italy, ca. 1450.
Binding: 
18th-century Italian vellum.
Credit: 
Purchased by J. Pierpont Morgan (1837-1913) in 1911.
Description: 
137 leaves (1 column, 28 lines), bound : vellum, ill. ; 230 x 130 mm
Provenance: 
Written for an Arcimboldi of Milan (arms: or on a bend gules five pointed stars argent); bought at Rome in the 18th century by Aloysio Baroni, a Servite monk (recorded on second flyleaf verso as no. 61 of his library); Sotheby's sale (London, Dec. 23, 1852, lot 51) to H. Bohn; Guillaume Libri sale (London, Sotheby's, Mar. 28, 1859, lot 625) to Barthès; L.(?) A (?) Mostras inscribed in a 19th-century hand on first flyleaf verso; Sir Thomas Phillipps collection (no. 16338); (London, Sotheby's, 1899, lot 834) to Egerton; purchased by J. Pierpont Morgan (1837-1913) from Pearson in 1911; J.P. Morgan (1867-1943).
Notes: 

Ms. written and illuminated in northern Italy, ca. 1450.
Ms. is a palimpsest; the underlying texts are 14th century deeds.
Decoration: medallion with arms supported by winged putti and a butterfly; 6 white-vine initials.

Script: 
humanistic script
Language: 
Latin
Century: 
Classification: