Digital Medieval Manuscripts at Houghton Library
Bibliography for Harvard University, Houghton Library,
MS Typ 496
This bibliography was compiled by Aden Kumler, Julia Schlozman, Nadia Marx and William Stoneman.
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HOLLIS Record (Link) and Digital Images (Link)
J. & J. Leighton. Catalogue 9 (New Series). London. No. 789 and pls. 6 & 7 (reproducing ff. 1 and 32).
Sotheby’s, London. Sale, 19 December 1955, lot no. 57. (This reference has not been verified)
MS sold to Fraser for £320.
Sotheby’s, London. Sale, 11 December 1961, lot no. 170 and pl. 15 (reproducing f.1).
MS sold as property of a lady to David & Orioli for £500 or $1400.
Davis & Orioli. Catalogue 166. London: 1962. MS cited as no. 43 for £750.
The back cover of this catalogue reproduces the portrait of Scanderberg (f. 32 detail). MS acquired from this bookseller.
Houghton Library. The Houghton Library Reports. Accessions. Cambridge, Mass: Harvard College Library, 1961-62. MS cited p. 2 without shelfmark.
“Curt H. Reisinger, ’12, on the occasion of his fiftieth class reunion, presented a very fine humanist manuscript of Andrea Domenico Fiocco’s De Romanorum magistratibus, dated [Rome], 5 November 1465. At the end is a fine portrait of Scanderbeg, who visited Rome in that year. It is written in a chancery cursive hand, said to be identical with a Victoria and Albert manuscript of Macrobius, Saturnalia, also dated 1465. Our manuscript has at the beginning a white-vine border with an oblong miniature of a presentation scene. Of this text, which was first printed about a decade later, Harvard has four incunabula editions.”
Paul Oskar Kristeller, Iter Italicum: A Finding List of Uncatalogued or Incompletely Catalogued Humanistic Manuscripts of the Renaissance in Italian and other Libraries. London: Warburg Institute; Leiden: E.J. Brill, 1963–97. MS cited in v. V, p. 237.
Accessible through Iter: Gateway to the Middle Ages and Renaissance, a “subscribers only” database. To search the database, connect to: Iter Italicum and search by Houghton Library, Typographic Collection. (Link) HOLLIS
Roger S. Wieck, Late Medieval and Renaissance Illuminated Manuscripts, 1350–1525, in the Houghton Library. Cambridge: Department of Printing and Graphic Arts, Harvard College Library, 1983. MS cited p. 135, fig. 99 (reproducing f. 1).
Brief catalogue description.
Stan Knight, Historical Scripts: From Classical Times to the Renaissance. 2nd rev. & expanded ed., Oak Knoll Press, New Castle, Delaware, 1998. MS cited p. 105 as an example of Humanist Cursive. It is also suggested that this MS was once part of London, Victoria & Albert Museum’s MS L. 1769-1952, which was written in Rome and dated 14 August 1465. HOLLIS
Rowan Watson. Western Illuminated Manuscripts: A Catalogue of Works in the National Library of Art. London: V& A Publication, 2011. MS cited pp. 558-561 in no. 105, description of V & A manuscript. HOLLIS
A full description of Victoria & Albert Museum’s National Art Library MS 1952-1769 which was formerly bound with MS Typ 496.