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Liber de Temporibus

Maker(s) &

Palmieri, Matteo, author, Italy, Rome, probably Rome


illuminated manuscript


other; type of text


circa 1450 circa 1475
with additions 1513-1521


fifteenth century, third quarter


PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Parchment, i modern paper flyleaf + 82 fols. + i modern paper flyleaf, 287 x 200 mm (205 x 100 mm for text, with dates and numbers in the margin beyond), 30 long lines with additional columns for dates, ruled in pale brown ink, catchwords

BINDING: Nineteenth century, maiolesque binding in brown and black tooled in gilt, arms of Leo X and papal tiara, metal clasps, catchplates and bosses.

CONTENTS: fols. 1r-82v Matteo Palmieri, Liber de temporibus with dedication to Piero de’ Medici (1416-1469) (fol. 1r) and Preface (fols. 1r-2v).

DECORATION: Three gold initials [Q and A, 5 ll.] (fol. 1r) and [A, 5 ll.] (fol. 2v), outlined in black with white vine-scroll on highlighted grounds of red, blue and green in a blue surround, for the dedicatory epistle, preface and start of the text; one two-sided white vine-scroll border using same palette as initials (fol. 1r); headings, dates and summaries in the text added in red ink.

Later additions
Floral border in the lower margin, with scrolling pink, blue and green foliate forms on a burnished gold ground, at the centre a laurel roundel with ribbons housing the arms of Pope Leo X (1513-1521), surmounted by the papal tiara (fol. 1r); panels of white vine-scroll ornament on coloured grounds added to the underside of the upper bar of the border on fol. 1r and as a horizontal tailpiece on fol. 82v; spraywork border added in inner margin between original border and text on fol. 1r.


illumination; whole


parchment; support
gold; medium




given; 1891; Sandars, Samuel


Pope Leo X (Giovanni de’ Medici, 1475-1521); Samuel Sandars (1837-1894) (his bookplate inside upper cover); his gift to the Museum in 1891.


Sandars, Samuel; previous owner
Pope Leo X (Giovanni de’ Medici); previous owner


secundo folio; quippe foret opus sed tempora


James, Montague Rhodes, Dr. 1895. A Descriptive Catalogue of the Manuscripts in the Fitzwilliam Museum.Cambridge (Cambs.): Cambridge University Pressp. 384-85

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. 291


Object Number: MS 178
(Manuscripts and Printed Books)
(record id: 178354; input: 2010-10-07; modified: 2017-04-03)


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