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Vita Caroli Magni


Acciaiuoli, Donato; author; Italian, d.1704
Benedetto Strozzi, Messer Piero di; scribe
Chierico, Francesco di Antonio del and associate; artist
; production


Viscount Fitzwilliam


illuminated manuscript


other; type of text




fifteenth century, third quarter


PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Parchment, ii paper flyleaves (first pasted to silk) + ii contemporary parchment flyleaves + 32 fols. + ii paper flyleaves (second pasted to silk), 245 x 165 mm (155 x 80 mm), 26 long lines, ruled in hard point, catchwords.

BINDING: Early nineteenth century, Paris, dark blue morocco over pasteboards, gilt and lined with pink silk, by Bozérian Jeune (gold lettering on spine: BEL. P. BOZERIAN JEON).

fol. 1v Dedication to Louis XI of France
fols. 2r-4r Donato Acciaiuoli, Preface addressed to Louis XI of France
fols. 6r-26r Donato Acciaiuoli, Vita Caroli Magni (ed. Mencke 1728-1730, I, cols. 813-832; Gatti 1981).

ORNAMENTATION: Gold-framed medallion with dedication to Louis XI of France written in gold and blue epigraphic capitals, supported by a putto, flanked by two musical putti, and surmounted by the royal arms of France supported by two putti, with two more kneeling above the shield (fol. 1v).

Two gold initials [both C, 6-7 ll.] filled with and framed by white vine-scroll on blue, pink and green ground, and accompanied by full white vine-scroll borders on blue, pink and green ground, inhabited by putti, birds and deer, the first one incorporating medallions with a child’s head and an armoured warrior’s bust, the second a medallion with plants, both including the royal arms of France supported by putti in the lower borders (fols. 2r, 6r).

Place (legacy):

Italy, production, region
Florence, place


illumination; whole


parchment; support
gold; medium




bequeathed; 1816; Fitzwilliam, Richard, 7th Viscount


Louis XI of France (1461-1483); Auguste Chardin (no. 450 in his catalogue of 1811); Richard, seventh Viscount Fitzwilliam of Merrion (1745–1816), acquired in 1814; his bequest, 1816.


Fitzwilliam, Richard, 7th Viscount; previous owner
Chardin, Auguste; previous owner
Louis XI, King of France; previous owner


secundo folio; fol. 3r; sibi ad imitandum



Woudhuysen, P.. 1982. Treasures of the Fitzwilliam Museum.Cambridge (Cambs.): Pevensey Press
cat. no.161

Wormald, Francis. Giles, Phyllis M.. 1966. Illuminated Manuscripts in the Fitzwilliam Museum.Cambridge (Cambs.):
cat. no. 96

James, Montague Rhodes, Dr. 1895. A Descriptive Catalogue of the Manuscripts in the Fitzwilliam Museum.Cambridge (Cambs.): Cambridge University Pressp. 386

Searle, W. G., the Rev.. 1876. The Illuminated Manuscripts in the Library of the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge.Cambridge (Cambs.): p. 11-13

Garzelli, A.. 1985. Miniatura fiorentina del Rinascimento 1440-1525: un primo censimento..Florence:
I, 140, II, fig. 403 (fols. 1v-2r)

Alexander, J.. de la Mare, A.. 1969. The Italian Manuscripts in the Library of Major J.R. Abbey..London: p. 40

Greco, A.. 1970-1976. Vespasiano da Bisticci, Le vite.Florence:
II, p. 33

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. 252

de la Mare, A. C.. Garzelli, A.. 1985. New Research on Humanistic Scribes in Florence.Florence:
Source Title: Miniatura fiorentina del Rinascimento 1440-1525: Un primo censimento I (1985) : 395-600

p. 530 (App. I, 62 no. 10)

Milanesi, G.. Il viaggio degli ambasciatori fiorentini al re di Francia nel MCCCCLXI descritto da Giovanni di Francesco di Neri Cecchi loro cancelliere..
Source Title: Archivo Storico Italiano Ser III 1.1 (1865) : 1-29
p. 7, 25

Ganz, M.A.. 1982. Donato Acciaiuoli and the Medici: A Strategy for Survival in '400 Florence.
Source Title: Rinascimento 2, ser. 22 () : 33-73

de la Mare, A. C.. Osley, A. S.. 1965. Messer Piero Strozzi, a Florentine Priest and Scribe.London:
Source Title: Calligraphy and Palaeography: Essays Presented to Alfred Fairbank on his Seventieth Birthday() : 55-68
p. 64


Object Number: MS 180
(Manuscripts and Printed Books)
(record id: 166633; input: 2009-02-17; modified: 2017-09-27)


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