Item Details

Call Number: MS Hunter 11 (S.2.1)
Title: Galliæ Antiquitates
Images: [ MS Hunter 11 fol.1r ] [ MS Hunter 11 fol. 7r ]
Date of Creation: Between 1399 and 1499
Level of Description: Item
Part of MS Hunter 1-658
Content: Pauli Aemilii Veronensis, Galliæ Antiquitates.
Paolo Aemilio of Verona's French Antiquities.
1. Dedication to Cardinal Charles Bourbon, Archbishop of Lyons:
Begins (1, 1 recto line 1, in alternate red and blue capitals): PAVLVS . AEMILIVS . VERONENSIS | ILLVSTRISSIMO . AC . OPTIMO PRINCIPI | CAROLO PONTIFICI CARDINALI BORBONIO | SANCTISSIMO STVDIORVM PARENTI S.P.D. | C [illuminated initial] ato Romane sapientiæ princeps | cum maxime.
Ends (fol. 4 recto line 9): animi religio est custodienda.
Dedication to Charles VIII.:
Begins (fol. 4 recto lines 9-13): PAVLI AEMILI | VERONENIS . HISTORICI . NASCENTIS . | IN GALLICA . M ANTIQVITATEM . PROEMI | VM . AD . CAROLVM . OCTAVVM . REGEM . HERACLIDAM . CHRISTIANISSIMVM | V [illuminated initial] ereor ne si primus ego atque externus | Gallicam antiquitatem e tenebris | in lucem reuocauero.
Ends (fol. 6 verso line 8): tissimos pugnasse non pudeat.
Galliae Antiquitates:
Begins (1, 1 recto line 1, alternate red and blue capitals): GALLICE ANTIQVITATIS . A . | PRIMA | GENTIS . ORIGINE . REPETITE . | LIBER . PRIMVS . INCOHATVR. |
Ends (fol. 52 verso lines 5-10): Auctor loquitur [rubric] | NONDVM . EXTREMA . NO | VO . MANVS . EST . IMPOSTA . | LIBELLO . | IN . SACRA . ME . QVONIAM . | SCOTIDES . ANTRA VOCANT [alternate red and blue capitals].
4. Peroration to the King:
Begins (fol. 53 recto line 1): Ad Regem Heraclidam | christianissimum | libri peronatio [rubric].
Ends (fol. 53 verso lines 9, 10): Ex aditis in spectaculum sacra Caroliana | prodibunt.
5. Address to Paris:
Begins (fol. 54 recto line 1): Ad urbem parrhisiorum studiorum suorum | matrem sanctissimam [rubric].
Ends (fol. 54 verso line 6): Thure . sacris . Templo . Numine . Vate . sacrans.
6. The Author's Envoy:
Begins (fol. 55 recto line 1): Auctor nefas duxit qui plurima de Gallis | nihil de se scribere . [rubric] | Est mater Verona mihi. Facunda parenti | Lingua fuit. Fratres sund duo: et una soror | Emiliana domus. Studiosum | pectus honesti. | Est sophie.est superum cognitionis amor. | Pallidus ob studum. Viret etas, Ocia nulla. | Natura est facilis. Sors gravis. Hoste uaco. | Incolui Romam. Retinet me Gallia. Cardo | Carlus habet. Gallie condimus historias.
The rest of the folio is blank, as is also fol. 56, though both red ruled for writing.
On ii, 1 verso, bottom, in a XVI. Cent. hand: Liber iste pertinet paulo Aemilio Veronensi . secretario olim domini lugdunensis. On ii, 2 recto in XVII. Cent. hand: Jehan le marlet.
On ii, 2 recto, bottom of page, Cardinal Charles Bourbon's arms, with patriarchal cross and hat. On fol. 7. (a, 1 recto) the margin is exquisitely illuminated in the same style as in Breviary, (S.2,15), with flowers, birds, and butterflies; on top, swan with scroll (CIGNVS APOLLINEVS); at left, eagle with scroll (ALES JOVIS); at right, white winged unicorn (EQVVS BELLEROPHONTEUS); at bottom, shield crowned with legend in circle, partly effaced, CARLI . CARLUS . ERIT MAIOR PATRE . MAIOR . AVIS.
On iii, 1 recto: AEMI lius Tacitus acquetor: SOUS: Montmoyey(?).
From the note on ii, 1 verso it would appear that, after the death (in 1488) of the Cardinal, Paulus Aemilius regained possession of his book. M. Paul Meyer, in his Documents Manuscrits de l'Ancienne Littérature de la France, Paris, 1871 (première partie, p. 117), mentions another copy on paper in the Bibliothèque Nationale (No. 5934 fonds latin).
Called to France under Charles VIII. to write a scholarly history of that country, Paulus Aemilius (Paolo Aemilio) published the first four volumes of his work in 1517, two following volumes in 1519, and dying in 1529 left materials for the compilation of the concluding four, undertaken by his friend and countryman Zavarizzi. The editio princeps of the whole work was published in 1539 by Vascosan. See P. Meyer, loc. cit.
[Formerly R.5.20; R.5.58].
Physical Description: Bound volume.
Vellum, 10¼ x 7, ff. 62, single cols., 6 x 4¼, lined and margined with red, signatures, catchwords, foliation (modern), floreated page (f. 7 recto), gilt, illuminated and coloured initials, blue and crimson capitals, rubrics, few marginalia, fol. sec. fertilissimorum. End of Cent. XV.
Binding: Original, bevelled beech boards, recently re-covered sheepskin, gilt edges. End of Cent. XV.
[For detailed collation see: John Young and P. Henderson Aitken, A Catalogue of the Manuscripts in the Library of The Hunterian Museum in The University of Glasgow. (Glasgow, 1908), p. 14.]
Access: Normal conditions
Language: Latin
Material Type: Treatise
Notes: This manuscript has been exhibited on the following occasions: 'The Glory of the Page', Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, Oct. 1987-Jan. 1988, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Feb.-Apr. 1988, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, Jun.-Aug. 1988, Burrell Collection, Glasgow, Nov. 1988-Jan. 1989.
Bibliography: Meyer, Documents manuscrits,... (Paris, 1871), p. 117; Nigel Thorp, The glory of the page (London, 1987), no. 65; John Young & P.H. Aitken, A catalogue of the manuscripts in the Library of the Hunterian Museum in the University of Glasgow (Glasgow, 1908), pp14-15.
Accession Number: 2482
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Repository Code: GB 0247

Names associated with this item:

author: Paolo Emilio of Verona d. 1529
Paulus Aemilius Veronensis.
dedicatee: Charles Bourbon d. 1488
exhibition: Glory of the Page 1987-1989
Exhibition of medieval manuscripts from Glasgow University Library: Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, Oct. 1987-Jan. 1988, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Feb.-Apr. …
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