Item Details

Call Number: MS Hunter 201 (U.1.5)
Title: De Obitv Valerii Marcelli
Images: [ MS Hunter 201 title page ] [ MS Hunter 201 fol. 268v-269r ]
Date of Creation: Between 1462 and 1463
Level of Description: Item
Part of MS Hunter 1-658
Content: Nicolai Secvndini, et aliorvm, videlicet: Georgii Trapesvntii, Montorii Maschareli, Francisci Philelphi, Baptistae Gvarini, Lvdovici Carbonis, Petri Parleonis, Isottae Nogorolae, Jacobii Antonii Marcelli, Caroli Fortibracchii Montoni, Michaelis Vrsini, De Obitv Valerii Marcelli.
Nicolaus Secundinus, Bishop of Morviedro, and others' Consolation to Jacopo Antonio Marcello on the death of his son Valerio:
Begins (1, 1 recto lines 1-6): .AD. CLARISSIMVM . VIRVM . PA- | TRICIVM . VENETVM . IACOB- | VM . ANTONIVM . MARCELLV | M . DE . OBITV . VALERII . FI | LII . NICOLAI . SAGVNDINI . | CONSOLATIO . [capitals successively gilt, blue, red, green, violet].
Ends (22, 9 verso lines 36-39): ticiam sapientiamque suam tocius belli summam omnium uoluntate detulerunt. | VALE . DIVE . REX . EX . FOELICIBVS . CASTRIS . [gilt capitals] | ADVERSVS . TERGESTAM . IDIBVS . NOVEMBRIS . [blue capitals] . MCCCCLXIII. [gilt numerals].
The illuminations are exquisitely executed, and the first page (unfortunately damaged by damp and friction) has a richly ornamented border with three bronzed vignettes (top): antique head (left): toga'd youth, probably portrait of Valerio Marcello, listening, leaning his cheek on his right hand, (right): cowled and aged S. Mark reading to him - lion in the background. In the lower margin on a shield (suspended over a vignette landscape) arty palewise nebuly (gules and azure) a lion rampant dexter (argent) with a cross (or) in his right paw surmounted with a six-rayed star (or) - probably the Doge's Arms.
[Formerly S.1.4; S.1.4].
Initials on pp. 26, 38, 127, 134, 161, 163, 175, 179, 189, 241, 269.
pp. 241-8: 'This text contains a 'continuation' of the fragmentary (at the end) 'Laudatio in Valerium', composed by Petrus Parleo (pp. 189-241): no period, no subscriptio at the end. The anonymous points out (p. 241 infra) that Parleo has died and could not finish his work: 'Id quod si Parleo queque conatus etset [Solent... 11. 6 ff.]. In Iter Italicum Prof, Kristeller thought this 'postscript' was written also by Parleo; Young & Aitken gives 'Parleo, pp. 189-248'.'; per S.N. Knauer, 13 Sept. 1991.
See part letter from Margaret L. King, Associate Professor. [S.d.]
See also letter of 15 April 1985.
The arms appear to be those of the Pisani of S. Marina rather than the Marcello, and the illumination looks somewhat later than 1463 of the colophon. MS. may not be a copy for presentation to Marcello, but a somewhat later apograph. Dr. M.S.C. Lowry, University of Warwick
Arrangement: List Item Content
Physical Description: Bound volume.
Vellum, 14 x 9 3/4, ff. 213, originally ff. 214, exquisitely written in a Roman hand in single cols. of 40 lines, each 9 x 5 1/8, catchwords, vertical, pagination (XVIII. Cent. pp. 1-426), no signatures visible, probably cropped, first page floreated, illuminated initials, gilt and coloured capitals, rubrics, marginal, spaces left for headings (pp. 249, 295, 309), cropped, gnawed (by cockroaches?) at lower corners, slightly wormholed, otherwise clean and well preserved, few marginalia, fol. sec. deinde loco. Cent. XV. (Nov. 13, 1463).
Binding: Millboards, covered marbled sheepskin, gilt-tooled (lines) sides, panelled back, gilt edges, goffered, title, modern (ink), on a paper label: DE | OBITV | VALERII. Cent. XVIII.
[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. 142.]
Access: Normal conditions
Language: Latin
Material Type: Document
Notes: A negative microfilm is held in the Library.
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; 'Manuscripts from Two Millennia', Glasgow University Library, 20 May 1996.
Bibliography: Margaret L King, The death of the child Valerio Marcello (London: University of Chicago Press, 1994); Nigel Thorp, The glory of the page (London, 1987), no. 107; John Young & P.H. Aitken, A catalogue of the manuscripts in the Library of the Hunterian Museum in the University of Glasgow (Glasgow, 1908), pp142-143.
Exhibitions: Beholder, Talbot Rice Gallery, Edinburgh, 19 Nov 2011 - 18 Feb 2012.
Accession Number: 2482
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Repository Code: GB 0247

Names associated with this item:

author: Luigi Carbone 1436-1482
Ludovicus Carbo.
author: George of Trebizonde 1396-1485
Georgius Trapesuntius.
author: Giambattista Guarini 1425-1513
Baptista Guarinus.
author: Montorius Mascarelus fl.1463
author: Carolus Fortibracchius Montonus fl.1463
author: Isotta Nogarola 1420-1466
author: Michaele Orsini fl.1463
author: Pietro Parleone fl.1463
Petrus Parleo.
author: Francesco Philelpho 1398-1481
Franciscus Philelphus.
author: Nicolaus Secundinus fl.1463
Nicolaus Saguntinus.
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. …
exhibition: Manuscripts from Two Millennia 1996
Exhibition mounted to coincide with the visit of the Manuscript Society, Glasgow University Library, 20 May 1996.
recipient: Jacopo Antonio Marcello fl.1463
Jacobus Antonius Marcellus.
subject: Valerio Marcello d. 1463
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