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Title:

Vitae duodecim Caesarum

Maker(s) &
Production:

Suetonius, author, Italy, Rome, possibly Rome

Category:

illuminated manuscript

Name:

other; type of text

Date:

circa 1450 circa 1460

Period:

fifteenth-century, third quarter

Description:

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Parchment, iii paper flyleaves + 27 fols. + iii paper flyleaves, 260 x 160 mm (165 x 90 mm), 32 long lines, ruled in crayon, catchwords, leaf signatures.

BINDING: Twentieth-century, green morocco with gold tooling and lettering on spine, VITA DE OCTAVIANO AUGUSTO. MS, and AUG. VITA written on fore-edge.

CONTENTS: fols. 1r-27v Suetonius, Vitae duodecim Caesarum, Bk II, Life of Augustus.

ORNAMENTATION: One white vine-scroll initial fol. 1r [G, 5 ll.] in gold on dark red and green ground with white vine-scroll infill and extension, the whole surrounded by blue.

Technique:

illumination; whole

Material(s):

parchment; support
gold; medium

Dimension(s):

height
width

Acquisition:

presented; 1974; Goodison, J. W.

Provenance:

Thomas Thorpe, cat. II (1823), no. 5745 and cat. III (1824), no. 16518; purchased from Thorpe by Sir Thomas Phillipps (1792-1872), his MS 2665; his sale, Sotheby’s, London, 10 June 1896, lot 1182 (unsold) and 5 June 1899, lot 1107; Leighton’s, 40 Brewer St, Golden Square, London (label inside upper cover); purchased from Colbeck, Radford and Co. by Eric G. Millar (1887-1966) in 1931; given by Eric Millar to Dorothy Stevens, 27 April 1938 (inscription on fol. i recto: see Turner 1968-1969, 16); her bequest to J.W. Goodison, 1969; presented by him to the Fitzwilliam Museum in 1974.

Associated
Person(s):

Goodison, J. W.; previous owner
Stevens, Dorothy; previous owner
Millar, Eric; previous owner
Phillipps, Thomas, Sir; previous owner
Thorpe, Thomas; previous owner

Inscription:

secundo folio; num Aricie exercuisse

Documentation:

Wormald, F. and Giles, P. M.. 1982. A descriptive catalogue of the additional illuminated manuscripts in the Fitzwilliam Museum.Cambridge (Cambs.): p. 576

De Hamel, Christopher. 2010. Gilding the Lilly. Bloomingtonp. 156

Morgan, Nigel. Panayotova, Stella. Reynolds, Suzanne. 2011. A Catalogue of Western Book Illumination in the Fitzwilliam Museum and the Cambridge Colleges. Part Two. Vols. 1-2: Italy and the Iberian Peninsula.London: Harvey Miller Publishers
cat. no. 287

Turner, D. H.. 1968-69. The Development of Maitre Honore.
Source Title: British Museum Quarterly 33 (1968-69) : 53-65

cat. no. 66

Accession:

Object Number: MS 2-1974
(Manuscripts and Printed Books)
(record id: 176517; input: 2010-04-15; modified: 2017-04-04)

Permanent
Identifier:

http://data.fitzmuseum.cam.ac.uk/id/object/176517





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