Lombardy, Italy, ca. 1475.
Previously in 19th-century dark red velvet, lettered in gold: Breviarium, Codex MS, In Membranis. Saec XV; rebound in red morocco, gold stamped with a pattern of angels' wings on vertical lines; now stamped on spine: Piccolomini Breviary, Lombardy, XV Cent.; in red morocco case.
421 leaves (2 columns, 36 lines), bound : vellum, ill. ; 156 x 105 mm
Written for an Augustinian foundation; Pope Pius V (1566-1572, added leaf I has inscription saying that by tradition this breviary belonged to Pius V and was obtained by Cardinal Bolongnetti from his heirs); Cardinal Alberto Bolognetti (1538-1585); owned by Fulvia, a Bolognetti family member, in 1694 (inscription on inserted leaf ii stating ownership, with laudatory poem to Pius V, signed and dated by Fra Pancratius of the Discalced Carmelites); purchased from Boone in 1860 by Henry Hucks Gibbs, first Lord Aldenham (annotation on flyleaf removed from manuscript); purchased at the Aldenham Library sale (London, Sotheby's, Mar. 22, 1937, lot. 83).