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Declamationes maiores


Pseudo-Quintilian (Author)
Sinibaldi, Antonio da Carmignano di Francesco (Scribe)


PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Parchment, iii modern parchment flyleaves + iii sixteenth-century parchment flyleaves + xi blank parchment leaves + 209 fols. + iii modern parchment flyleaves, 277 x 180 mm (160 x 97 mm), 24 long lines, ruled in hard point, catchwords, alphabetical quire marks, one leaf missing before fol. 1 and another after fol. 8.

BINDING: Late nineteenth or early twentieth century, light brown skin over wooden boards, blind-tooled with floral motifs, gilt edges, by Joseph William Zaehnsdorf (1853-1930), London.

CONTENTS: fols. 2r-207r Pseudo-Quintilian, Declamationes maiores, with some argumenta, in the following order: 2, 1, 8, 13-19, 3-11

ORNAMENTATION: Thirty-one faceted initials [4-6 ll.] in gold and colour on square bas-relief grounds of dark blue, purple, green or red, each painted with classicising motifs (armour, mythical beasts and sea creatures, nudes and heads, flowers) in liquid gold or silver, and each accompanied by a single-sided border consisting of floral and classical elements (garlanded bull’s heads, portrait roundels, putto’s heads, crossed shields), the whole on shredded grounds of green, purple or red (fols. 3v, 22v [2], 35v, 36r, 53v [2], 64v [2], 71r, 79v [2], 97r [2], 107r, 116v [2], 126r [2], 134r [2], 153v [2], 167v [2], 176v [2], 189v [2], 200v [2]); rubrics in pale red epigraphic capitals (not all executed).


History note: Probably copied for Cardinal Giovanni d’Aragona (1456-1485); Mario Maffei of Volterra (1463-1537); his gift to Paulo Giovio (1485-1552) (painted panel on fol. ii verso: MARIVS MAFFEVS VOLATERRAN. HVNC LIBRVM PAVLLO IOVIO HISTORIARUM SCRIP ILLUSTR D.D.); by descent to Giovanni Batttista Giovio (1748-1814) (notes on fol. ii verso); purchased by Frank McClean (1837-1904) in 1892 from Ulrico Hoepli in Milan; his bequest, 1904.

Place(s) associated

  • Florence
  • Rome

Acquisition and important dates

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


Fifteenth century, fourth quarter
Circa 1480 CE - Circa 1485 CE


Florence and Rome.

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Inscription or legends present

  • Text: domus totus turbatur
  • Location: Fol. 1r, originally the second folio
  • Type: Secundo folio
  • Text: paulisper accommodasset
  • Location: Fol. 2r
  • Type: Secundo folio

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Identification numbers

Accession number: MS McClean 160
Primary reference Number: 178385
Project ID: 473
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Thursday 17 September 2020 Last processed: Sunday 21 March 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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