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Bod-Inc: B-092

Bartolommeo da li Sonetti

Isolario [Italian].


Analysis of Content

[a1r] [Dedication (cryptogram).] ‘Al Diuo Cinquecento cinque e diece | Tre cinque a do Mil nulla tre e do vn cento | nulla. questa opra dar piu cha altri lecce'. The solution in roman and arabic numerals reads ‘DVX 3VA2 M03E2IC0'. This has been identified as referring to Doge Giovanni Mocenigo (†1485); see Curt F. Bühler, ‘Variants in the First Atlas of the Mediterranean', Gb Jb 32 (1957), 94.

[a1r] [Bartolommeo dalli Sonetti (Zamberto): Isolario.] Incipit: ‘Al suon de le mie rime infime e basse | venga chiun per virtute si guberna . . .’ See Navigare e descrivere. Isolari e portolani del Museo Correr di Venezia XV–XVIII secolo, ed. C. Tonini and P. Lucchi (Venice, 2001), 95 no. 17.


Imprint: [Venice: Guilelmus Anima Mia, Tridinensis?, not after 1485]. 4°.

Remarks: For dating see note in BMC, relying on a date of completion before the death of Doge Giovanni Mocenigo in 1485.


Collation: [a12 b8 c6 d10 e6 f8 g6].

Illustrations: 49 woodcut maps.


ISTC: ib00183000

Hain: HCR 2538 = H 14890;

Goff: Goff B‑183;

BMC: BMC V 410;

Proctor: Pr 5107;

Others: Campbell, Maps, 16-64; CIBN B‑119; Sheppard 4100. Facsimile: (Amsterdam, 1972).

LCN: 13931386


Copy number: B-092(1)

Leaves [a12v], [b3v], and [c4v] are of the later setting, with additional sonnets. On the variants see Bühler, ‘First Atlas', Gb Jb 32 (1957), 94-7.

Binding: Nineteenth-century quarter parchment.

Size: 215 × 163 × 10 mm.

Size of leaf: 210 × 154 mm.

Manuscript foliation 17-72 and signatures in Modestus' hand. Place names supplied on the maps, as well as additions, also in his hand; on such notes see DBI VI 774-5. Cryptogram resolved in manuscript on [a1r].

Provenance: Frater Modestus of Bari (fifteenth/sixteenth century); erased ownership inscription on [a1r]: ‘Fratris Modesti Bar[en]sis'; on the same leaf, defaced library stamps, and stamps ‘.D.', ‘.P.' and ‘.F.' flanking and below the text (see T‑255(1)). Old shelfmark ‘4to σ. 159'. Thomas Thorpe (1791-1851); Catalogue (1842), no. 483. Purchased for £2. 2. 0; see Books Purchased (1846), 36.

SHELFMARK: Auct. Q 5.29.

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