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Opera varia: MS McClean 171

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Opera varia


Niccolò Montano OFM (Author)


PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Paper (watermarks not discernible) and parchment (parchment for outermost and innermost bifolia in each quire) up to fol. 138, thereafter parchment only, ii paper flyleaves + 235 fols. + ii modern paper flyleaves, 190 x 120 mm (122 x 180 mm), 31-34 long lines (except fols. 131r-137v and 214v-235v, two columns, 31-34 lines), ruled in plummet and brown ink, catchwords.

BINDING: Nineteenth century, blind-tooled brown calf over pasteboards.

fols. 1r-39r Niccolò Montano OFM, Excerpta Prisciani
fols. 40r-65r Niccolò Montano OFM, De accentibus
fols. 65v-92r Niccolò Montano OFM, De orthographia
fols. 92v-137v Niccolò Montano OFM, Exornationes
fols. 138r-151v Niccolò Montano OFM, De fragilitate hominis et contemptu mundi
fols. 152r-165r Niccolò Montano OFM, Opus ad consolationis genera
fols. 165v-195v Niccolò Montano OFM, Epistolae
fols. 195v-196v Niccolò Montano OFM, supplement to the De accentibus
fols. 197r-214r Niccolò Montano OFM, Regulae grammaticae
fols. 214r-235v Niccolò Montano OFM, Opus vocabulorum (alphabetical wordlist)

ORNMENTATION: One parted red and blue initial [Q, 8 ll.] on a square ground, with coloured vine-scroll foliate extensions from a dragon’s mouth forming a partial border (fol. 1r); twelve red or blue initials [3-4 ll.] with contrasting foliate flourishing and liquid gold infill, some with zoomorphic elements (fol. 28r, dragon; fol. 29r, parrot; fol. 31v, griffin), for major text divisions; alternate blue and red initials [3-4 ll.] with red or blue pen flourishing for minor text divisions; alternate blue and red initials [1-2 ll.]; floral line-fillers (fol. 38v, scrolling brown ink; fol. 91r, painted flower and foliate bar); partial border formed of two interlocked dragons (fol. 57r).


History note: Richard Heber (1733-1833), his MS 874 (James 1912a, 327); Sir Thomas Phillipps (1792-1872), his MS 9596 (note on fols. i verso and 1r); pencil note ‘13 June 1897, Ms 879’ on fol. i verso; Phillipps sale, Sotheby’s, London, 6 June 1898, lot 873; Frank MacClean (1837-1904); his bequest, 1904.

Place(s) associated

  • Florence

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1904) by McClean, Frank


Fifteenth century, second half
Circa 1450 CE - Circa 1499 CE

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Materials used in production


Components of the work

Support composed of paper parchment

Techniques used in production

Penwork Illumination

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: Hartaginis. cupido.nis
  • Type: Secundo folio

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Identification numbers

Accession number: MS McClean 171
Primary reference Number: 176626
Project ID: 483
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Monday 24 August 2020 Last processed: Wednesday 24 March 2021

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Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Manuscripts and Printed Books

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