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Expositio vocabulorum


Author: Ysaac, Iacobus
Scribe: Iohannes of Treviso




PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Parchment, ii modern paper flyleaves + i seventeenth-century paper flyleaf + 215 fols. + ii modern paper flyleaves, 350 x 230 mm (290 x 170 mm), three columns, 68-70 lines, ruled in plummet and brown ink.

BINDING: Nineteenth century, yellow morocco over wooden boards, by Clyde, 9 Newman Street, London.

fols. 1r-5v Alphabetical index to Expositio vocabulorum
fol. 6v Frontispiece with 146 shields of Venetian families
fol. 7r Jacobus Ysaac, Prologue composed in 1324 with dedication to Dominus Philippus Belegnus, inc. Cum libri Ugutionis sententia maxime utilitatis existat
fols. 7r-213v Jacobus Ysaac, Expositio vocabulorum, with scribal colophon (fol. 213v)

DECORATION: Frontispiece within red and green frames displaying the lion of St Mark seven times and the shields of 146 Venetian families set in eleven rows of eight quatrefoils (last seven blank) and ten rows of seven diamond-like spaces between the quarterfoils (last five blank), linked with chain rings to each other and to the red frame, and inscribed with the family names, some repeated with variants (fol. 6v, from top left): Venier, Steno, Mocenigo, Foscari, Badoer, Badoer, Muazi (or Mudadi), Coppo, Trevisan, Trevisan, Boni, Moro, Ferro, Foscolo, Malipiero, Rimondo, Barbo, Barbarigo, Benedeto, Caravelo, Capelo, Ciuran, Bembo, Moresini, Moresini, Moresini, Abramo, Barbaro, Bolani, Correr, Cabriel, Cicogna, Celsi, Dulfin, di Cavali, Loredan, Lion, Basadona, Bocole, Corner, Savorgnani, Donato, Valareso, Falier, Dandolo, Dandolo, Foscarini, Gradenigo, Gritti, Lombardo, Grimani, Dalese, Gisi, Damosto, Nadali, Daporto, Priuli, Polani, Pasgaligo, Miani, Marin, Marcelo, Molin, Michiel, Minio, Nani, Pesaro, Magno, Vituri, Diedo, Chicen(?), Verino, Zulian, Zorzi, Pisani, Pisani, Querini, Querini, Roman, Surian, Tron, Zane, Zustignan, Zantani, Darpin, Balbi, Bernardo, Cocho, Premarin, Zacharia, Avanzago, Armer, Bragadin, Barisan, Gusoni, Carosini, Emo, Barozzi, Bondumier, Baffo, Girardo, Lando, Minoto, Mula, Riva, Balastro, Boldu, Duodo, Grioni, Garzoni, Guoro, Longo, Sanudo, Navagier (or Navagero), Orio, Fradelo, Protti, Ruzier, Condulmero, Meco (or Mezo), Paruta, Pollo, Tagliapiera, Tiepolo, Valier, Vidor, Istrigo, Signolo, Viaro, Rucini, Mazaman, Sagredo, Contarini, Calergi, Paradiso, Salaman, Griego, Canal, Anselmo, Belegno, Zanchani, Memo, Renier, Souranco, Querini.

Three-part framed panel articulated by four columns and architectural motifs on plain parchment ground with floral ornament, and displaying the arms, helm, crest and mantling of Foscari on either side, and, in the centre, letter A formed of blue and red twisted, ribbon-like scroll, with the crest of Foscari within it, beneath the panel historiated initial [C, 15 ll.] in blue on plain parchment ground with floral ornament: Author seated on a bench, pointing at an open book on a lectern and addressing the reader-viewer (fol. 7r).

ORNAMENTATION: Letters of the alphabet formed of green and red twisted, ribbon-like scrolls, surrounded by red frames and heading each column in the Index (fols. 1r-5v).


History note: Copied for Francesco Foscari, Doge of Venice (1423-1457), whose arms form part of the decoration (fol. 7r), in 1423 by Iohannes of Treviso, as recorded in the colophon (fol. 213v): Explicit expositio vocabulorum ex sententia Ugutionis compillatione Jacobi quondam magistri Ysaac phisici de Padua completa clugie anno nativitatis domini nostri Yhesu Christi Millesimo trecentesimo vigesimo quarto de mense novembris et scripta per me Johannem quondam domini Silvestri deluxe venetiarum originarium et tarvisii civem et completa die Martis primo mensis Februarii Mccccxxvi in castro catari civis castri pro Serenissimo et excellentissimo ducali domino venetiarum tunc fueram castelanus. Hunc enim librum scripsi ad honorem Serenissimi principis et excellentissimi domini mei singularissimi domini Francisci Fuscari dei grati Incliti ducis Venetiarum etc.; erasure of an oval ink stamp (fol. 1r, offset on facing flyleaf, which also contains an erasure of a one-line inscription); Bertram, fourth earl of Ashburnham (1797–1878), Ashburnham Appendix, no. CLXXX; purchased by Henry Yates Thompson (1838–1928) in May 1897 (bookplate inside upper cover); his sale, Sotheby’s, London, 1 May 1899, lot 117; purchased by Bernard Quaritch, his Catalogue 190, July 1899, no. 17; purchased at the Judge Granger sale, Sotheby’s, London, 19 Dec. 1919, lot 783, and presented by the Friends of the Fitzwilliam Museum.

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  • Cattaro

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Method of acquisition: Presented (1919) by The Friends of the Fitzwilliam Museum

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  • Cambridge Illuminated

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Support composed of parchment

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  • Text: facio/[faci]as
  • Type: Secundo folio

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Accession number: MS 301
Primary reference Number: 178790
Project ID: 229
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Monday 24 August 2020 Last processed: Thursday 3 August 2023

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

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