Epistolae diversae

Accession number: 
MS M.859
Epistolae diversae
Padua, Italy, 1410.
Italian 15th-century sheepskin dyed red over wooden boards, blind stamped with a great variety of stamps (agnus dei, eagle, flowers, mask) and stamped with its own provenance on front cover: Iste liber est sancte ivstine de padua, rebacked, remains of 3 clasps, one on each edge, catches on lower cover, edges plain.
70 leaves (1 column, 35-36 lines), bound : vellum, ill. ; 250 x 173 mm
Written in 1410 in the monastery of Santa Giustina, Padua; listed in the 1724 inventory of S. Giustina manuscripts as shelfmark YY.56 (this mark appears on front flyleaf verso, as well as the mark A.E.4); Sir Thomas Phillipps (no. 9655); Phillips Sale (London, Sotheby's, 14 May 1897, lot 395) to Quaritch; George Dunn of Wooley Hall near Maidenhead (ex-libris on front pastedown); his sale (London, Sotheby's, 13 Feburary 1913, lot 390) to Quaritch; E.P. Goldschmidt (ex-libris on front pastedown); purchased from Goldschmidt in 1952.

Ms. anthology of letters of the Church fathers, written and decorated in Padua, Italy, in the monastery of Santa Justina, in 1410 (dated by the scribe on fol. 22: Explicit... quas frater rolandus monachus sce Justine vginis de Padua scripsit M.IIII.X. Indict. II Septimo idus Junii).
Decoration: 1 pen drawing of a monk's head on last flyleaf, probably not contemporary with the writing of the manuscript; monks' faces sketched in brown ink within the bowls of several large penwork initials.
The motto "Otium sine l[itte]ris Mors est" - Leisure without learning is Death - is written on the back flyleaf verso in dark brown ink.
Scribe: Rolando Casali of Padua (his name appears in rubrics on fols. 22 and 67v).