|Creator:||Valerius Maximus Dionysius, de Burgo Sancti Sepulchri, Bishop, d. 1342 Paris, Julius|
[between 1350 and 1400]
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Large historiated initial, f. 5r, 17-line, mauve with white filigree and stylized foliage in red and green against gold ground, thickly edged in black. Initial filled with a half-length portrait in profile of a man in black robes and a black cap, probably Dionysius de Burgo Sancti Sepulchri. Foliage serifs, blue, red, mauve, and green with gold balls thickly edged in black extending into the upper and inner margins to form a partial border, which extends as stylized foliage scrolls, blue and purple into the lower margin. Gold balls partially or completely flaked. Numerous illuminated initials, 9- to 4-line, mauve with white highlights, filled with stylized foliage, green, red and blue on blue grounds with white filigree. Initials for the text against gold grounds, thickly edged in black; initials for commentary against blue ground with white filigree. Some initials with foliage serifs, pink, red and/or blue and gold balls thickly edged in black extending into margins. Pen and ink initials, 3-line, alternate blue and red with red and purple penwork. Headings in red. Plain initials touched with yellow.
Binding: Fifteenth century, Spain. Own parchment endleaves, one cut out in back. Original sewing on five tawed skin slit straps laid in channels on the outside of wooden boards and fastened. Yellow edges. The natural color, plain wound endbands are sewn through the spine lining on tawed skin cores which are laid in grooves on the outside of the boards. The spine is lined with vellum extending inside the boards between supports. Covered in red-brown goatskin blind-tooled with an X in an outer frame and crosses made of decorated circles in the divisions. Four fastenings, truncated diamonds at head and tail and shields at the fore edge, on the lower board. The clasp straps are attached with star-headed nails. Traces of five small round bosses on each board. Traces of incised inscription near the head of the lower board. Spine leather missing.
Purchased from C. A. Stonehill in 1955 by Thomas E. Marston.
Manuscript on parchment of Valerius Maximus, Factorum et dictorum memorabilium libri novem. With Dedication to Giovanni Colonna of the commentary of Dionysius de Burgo Sancti Sepulchri; Commentary on Valerius Maximus by Dionysius de Burgo Sancti Sepulchri; Julius Paris, Epitome of Valerius Maximus.
ff. i + 141 + i : parchment ; 354 x 243 (292 x 200) mm.
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