Item Details

Call Number: MS Hunter 458 (V.6.8)
Images: [ MS Hunter 458 fol. 1r ] [ MS Hunter 458 pages 2-3 ]
Date of Creation: Between 1299 and 1399
Level of Description: Item
Part of MS Hunter 1-658
Content: Marci Pavli Veneti, De Orientalibvs Regionibvs.
Fratris Odorici Foroivliensis, De Mirabilibvs Tartarorvm et Orientalivm Regionvm.
On iii, 1 recto in an XVIII. Cent. hand: Voyage | de Marco Paulo | Venitien.
On iv, 1 recto in an XVIII. Cent. hand: This is the first Latin Translation of Marco | Polo made from the original Italian by Fr. Papin of Bologna in the year. 1320. | It differs considerably from that published | by Grynaeus in his Novus Orbis Par. 1532. fol. | Ramusio pretends on unknown Authority | that the Itinerary was written originally | in Latin, and that Fr. Pipin ignorant of this | took the needless trouble of retranslating | it from the vulgar into that Language: | however that be, it is certain that the | Italian version published by Ramusio | in his 2d Vol. is very different from an | Edition published in 12mo without Date by | Pagano which retains the Orthography | & rude Language of the Original. | It is remarkable in this small Edition | that the ridiculous Story of the Partridges | in the Prefatory Chapter is not M. Polo's | but taken from the Introduction of | St. Oderic's Itinerary.
The historiated initial on 1, 1 recto represents a red-gowned figure (?the author) kneeling before a king seated on a golden lion-headed throne, in a pink mantle lined deep crimson, blue sleeved doublet, yellow hose, and long-toed boots, commanding attention with upraised right index from two attendants in sleeved smocks, and bearing in his left a thin white rod as sceptre. The background is blue with gold tracery.
Between 14, 2. and 15, 1. is another adventitious leaf in the same hand as before: The following Itinerary of St. Odoric of | Udina in the Friulese is published by | Boland in his first Volume with the Life | of the Author who flourished about the | beginning of the 14th Century. | There are two other Manuscripts of | it known in England, one in the | Bodleian Library at Oxford, the other | in the Library of Corpus Christi College | at Cambridge. | Ramusio has given a loose | Italian Translation of it in the end | of the 2d Volume of his Collection.
On 18, 4 verso in a late XVI. Cent. hand: Iste liber pertinet michi guilielmo | de la haye.
Marco Polo (1256-1323) was a famous Venetian traveller and historian.
Frater Odoricus (or Ordericus) de Portu-Naonis (1286-1331) was a Minorite friar, traveller and historian.
[Formerly Q.6.21; Q.6.109]
Arrangement: List Item Content
Physical Description: Bound volume.
Vellum, 8 x 5 3/4, ff. 134, well written in French hand, in single cols. of 27 lines, each 6 1/8 x 3, ruled and margined with ink, signatures, rubricated (fourth quire signed, a fourteenth signed +, fifteenth 1, etc.) catchwords, ornamented, several cropped, foliation, partial (1-105), modern, in pencil, two floreated pages, two historiated initials, blue and red illuminated initials (large and small) with gestures of opposite colour, rubrics, marginalia, few (mostly in No. 2), cropped, but clean and otherwise well preserved, fol. sec. quod cura. Cent. XIV.
Binding: Millboards, front board loose, covered brown (faded crimson) grained Russia, gilt-tooled (lines) inside margins, edges, sides and sham-panelled back, saffron edges, title (gilt): MARCUS | PAULUS | VENETUS | ET | ODORICUS | M.S.S. 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. 378.]
Access: Normal conditions
Language: Latin
Material Type: Document
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. [Staff note: use of digital images supplied by Adam Matthew Digital are restricted as follows. The Library may use such digitised images of the Licensed Material in any manner whatsoever provided this is restricted to Glasgow University IP range users. The Library may mount up to 33% of the total numbers of images on an open access basis. Letter of Agreement, 27/4/07 5.4]
Bibliography: Nigel Thorp, The glory of the page (London, 1987), no. 47; 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 378-379.
Accession Number: 2482
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Repository Code: GB 0247

Names associated with this item:

author: Odoric of Pordenone 1286-1331
Odoricus Forojuliensis, Odoricus de ForoIulii, Odoricus de Portu-Naonis.
author: Marco Polo 1254-1324
Marcus Pavlus de Venetiis.
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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