Epithalamium

Record ID: 
264411
Accession number: 
MS M.1148
Title: 
Epithalamium
Created: 
Milan, Italy, ca. 1450-1466.
Binding: 
Originally bound in full paneled blond calf of the 18th century, with border of two gold tooled fillets and one roll alternating palm leaves and fleur de lis. Rebound in the Thaw Conservation Center in 2008 with the 18th century boards separately preserved.
Credit: 
Purchased as a gift of Professor Mervin R. Dilts, 2006.
Description: 
10 leaves (1 column, 18 lines), bound : vellum, ill. ; 235 x 170 mm
Provenance: 
Probably given to the dedicatee of the poem, Gaspare da Vimercate, for the wedding of Elisabeth da Vimercate, his niece, and Pietro Conte (or del Conte, or Conti?), probably a relative of Donato del Conte, condottiere, with whom he led several battles. Ms. owned by Dominico Tancio in the 17th century (fol. 10v, "Del sig[n]or Dominico Ta[n]cio si hi il libro. Sia sa"). The ms. was still in Italy in the late 17th c. or early 18th c. when a prayer was added by an Italian hand. Purchased by Richard Heber; his sale, part IX (London, R.H. Evans, Feb. 10, 1836, and 9 following days - 9th day's sale, lot 777); sold for 6 pounds and 12 shillings to Thomas Thorpe (Catalogue of upwards of fourteen hundred manuscripts upon vellum and paper, London, 1836, p. 258, no 861 "slightly damaged", price "1 l. 11 s. 6 d."); sold to Sir Thomas Phillipps; Phillipps Collection no. 9396, see: The Phillipps manuscripts : Catalogus librorum manuscriptorum in bibliotheca D. Thomae Phillipps, Bt., impressum Typis Medio-Montanis, 1837-1871, introd. A.N.L. Munby, London, 1968, p. 149, no 9396 (number written on the upper pastedown with pencil "9396"); Katharine Fenwick; Thomas FitzRoy Fenwick; Alan George Fenwick; William H. Robinson, Ltd.; Robinson Trust (see P. O. Kristeller, Iter Italicum, London, 1989, vol. 4, p. 231b); Colonel David McCandless McKell (1881-1962), with inscription on the 1st flyleaf ("For David McC. McKell), not listed in F. B. Fieler, The David McCandless McKell collection, Boston, 1973; by descent through his estate, sold by Bonhams & Butterfields, see Bonhams & Butterfields, Fine books and manuscripts, San Francisco, 14 Nov. 2005, lot 1013. Purchased by the Morgan Library as a gift of Professor Mervin R. Dilts, 2006.
Notes: 

Ms. wedding book written and illuminated in Milan, Italy, ca. 1450-1466.
Texts: (fol. 1r-7r) Epithalamium de nuptiis Petri Comitis et Helisabeth Vicomercatae. Incipit "Otia nudus amor latiis longissima terris". (fol. 7r) Epigram. Incipit "Cannia quod scribo tam bella poemata latras". Fols 7v-10v blank.
Decoration: 1 third-page miniature (fol. 1r, 100 x 65/85 mm); 1 historiated initial O (fol. 1r, 47 x 45 mm); (fol. 1r, 40 x 30 mm) coat of arms.
Artist: Master of Ippolita Sforza.

Script: 
humanistic script
Language: 
Latin
Century: 
Classification: