Italy, Ferrara or Bologna, ca. 1470.
17th-century Italian red morocco with arms of a bishop or cardinal (a cock on a mount of 6 balls, below a fleur-de-lis), in brown case.
Purchased by J. Pierpont Morgan (1837-1913) in 1902.
55 leaves (2 columns, 37 lines), bound : vellum, ill. ; 340 x 230 mm
Written for a Castelli of Ferrara (arms: azure, a castle or, an Angevin label in chief); in 17th century owned by an unidentified ecclesiastic, arms on binding; no. 412 in a 19th century catalogue; Richard Bennett (bought Oct. 30, 1896; Catalogue of manuscripts and early printed books from the libraries of William Morris, Richard Bennett, Bertram, fourth Earl of Ashburnham, and other sources, no. 106; purchased by J. Pierpont Morgan (1837-1913) with the Bennett Collection in 1902; J.P. Morgan (1867-1943).
Ms. confraternity treatise of the Compagnia del spedale de la morte da Bologna; written and illuminated in Ferrara or Bologna, Italy, ca. 1470.
Decoration: 1 illuminated title page with miniatures at head and foot, border with arms, one historiated initial.