Item Details

Call Number: MS Hunter 445 (V.5.15)
Title: Metamorphoseon Libri XV
Images: [ MS Hunter 445 fol. 70v-71r ] [ MS Hunter 445 fol. 175v-176r ]
Associated Websites: Images and caption from World of Chaucer web exhibition
Date of Creation: Between 1379 and 1380
Place of Creation: Italy
Level of Description: Item
Part of MS Hunter 1-658
Content: Pvblii Ovidii Nasonis, Metamorphoseon Libri XV.
Ovid's Metamorphoses:
Begins (1, 1 recto lines 1, 2): Incipit Liber I. Metamorphoseos [rubric] I [rubricated initial with green ornament] n noua fert animus mutatas dicere formas
Ends (25 (23), 6 recto lines 29-32): Si quid habent ueri uatum presagia uiuam. | Paragraph mark [rubricated] Explicit liber methamorphoseos. Quem bortholameus [last word in another hand over an erasure] | balbi in uenetijs [these three words similarly written] scripsit millesimo tricentesimo octogesimo. Indictione [last word obliterated] tertia . die mensis octobris:-
Remarks: On ii, 1 verso in red crayon: is a (lot?) number 163.
The palimpsest leaves in quires 4 (2)-6 (4) are from an ecclesiastical MS. (XIII.-XIV. Cent.) with rubrics and rubricated paragraph marks, written in double cols., each about 6 x 2; those in quire 3 (1) and in other following quires seem like parts of legal documents, deeds, or charters, and are written the whole length of the page (at right angles to the text), probably XIII. Cent.
On the verso of f. '8' is the catchword: Sepe pater dixit (erased) for the next page (f. '15' recto).
Between ff. '20' and '21' is the rusty impression of a pair of scissors.
Under the colophon of f. '188' recto in the same contemporary hand that inserted the name and place therein: Qui scripsit scribat semper cum domino uiuat | Viuat in celis bartholameus et domino felix.
Beneath this in a later hand: Bis sex milenos uersus in codice scriptos | Hic tr quinque minus continet ouidius.
In a XV. Cent. hand: Questo ouidio sie de piero da barbaranj.
The same name occurs on the verso. Barbaro and Balbi are old Venetian names. Graf Karl Heinrich von Hoym (1694-1736), or Comte D'Hoym, Ambassador at Versailles of the Elector of Saxony and bibliophile, possessed many books now in the Hunterian collection. His arms, surmounted by the coronet of his rank and surrounded with the collar and eight-pointed star of the Eagle-order, consist of an oval shield barry, archy, of four (sable and argent).
[Formerly Q.4.2; Q.4.50]
Physical Description: Bound volume.
Vellum (palimpsest), 9 7/8 x 7 5/8, ff. 189, originally ff. 182, the first two quires being XVIII. Cent. additions, well written in a north Italian hand, in single cols. of 30-39 lines, each 8 1/8 x 3 3/4, no signatures visible (probably cropped), catchwords, foliation (contemporary), cropped (modern), pencil ff. 1-188, ruled and margined with brown crayon, illuminated initials, red or red and blue with violet ornament and gestures, blue with red ornament and gestures, rubrics, running titles (mostly cropped), initials of lines touched with vermilion, numerous marginalia, much cropped, worm-holed at the beginning (quires 4, 5), last leaf mutilated (text intact), fol. sec. Eurus ad. Late Cent. XIV. (3rd Oct., 1380).
Binding: Millboards, covered veau fauve, gilt-tooled inside margins, edges and sides (lines), heraldic blazon stamped (gilt) in centre (see Remarks in Description), richly decorated panelled back, gilt edges, red silk ribbon marker, title (gilt) on crimson morocco shield: METAMORPH | OVIDII | MSS. Early 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. 369.]
Access: Normal conditions
Language: Latin
Material Type: Document
Notes: This manuscript has been exhibited on the following occasion: 'The World of Chaucer', Hunterian Museum, Glasgow, May-Aug. 2004.
Bibliography: Julie Gardham, The world of Chaucer: medieval books and manuscripts (Glasgow, 2004), p. 32; John Young & P.H. Aitken, A catalogue of the manuscripts in the Library of the Hunterian Museum in the University of Glasgow (Glasgow, 1908), pp 368-369.
Accession Number: 2482
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Repository Code: GB 0247

Names associated with this item:

author: Ovid 43 B.C.-17 A.D.
Publius Ovidius Naso.
exhibition: World of Chaucer
Exhibition: The World of Chaucer: Medieval Books and Manuscripts from Glasgow University Library, held at the Hunterian Museum, Glasgow, 15 May-28 August 2004.
provenance: Piero Barbaro fl 1400-1499
provenance: Karl Heinrich von Hoym Comte d'Hoym 1694-1736
Saxon ambassador to France.
scribe: Bartolomeo Balbi fl.1380
Venetian scribe.
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