Epistolae ad Brutum
Naples, Italy, late 15th century.
Vellum; lettered on back: M.T.C. Opera Oma.
Purchased by J. Pierpont Morgan (1837-1913) in 1910.
90 leaves (1 column, 23 lines), bound : vellum, ill. ; 240 x 150 mm
Made for Andrea Matteo Acquaviva (1457?-1529) (his arms on fol. 1: quarterly 1 and 4, the arms of Aragon, Hungary, Anjou, and Jerusalem, and 2 and 3, or, a lion azure (Acquaviva) impaled with argent a cross azure charged with five crescents (Piccolomini)); belonged to Donna Maria Lucrezia de Lica in the 18th century (name on the inside back cover); probably from the collection of Marchese Taccone of Naples; T. De Marinis, catalogue 10 (1909), no. 222; purchased by J. Pierpont Morgan (1837-1913) from Alexandre Imbert in July 1910; J.P. Morgan (1867-1943).
Ms. written and illuminated in Naples, Italy, late 15th century.
Decoration: 2 historiated illuminated borders, one white vine, the other floral.