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Detailed record for Lansdowne 834

Title Facsimile of the Vatican Virgil (Rome, Vatican, Bibliotheca Apostolica, Cod. Vat. 3867)
Origin Italy, Central (Rome)
Date 1677
Language Latin
Script Uncial
Decoration 2 frontispieces, in colours and gold (ff. 2, 3). 50 large and smaller miniatures, in colours and gold (ff. 4, 5, 6, 8v, 9, 10v, 11v, 12, 13, 16, 19, 21, 23v, 24, 24v, 27, 29, 31, 34, 37, 41, 44v, 48, 49, 50, 51, 52, 53, 54, 55, 56, 57, 58, 59, 60, 61, 62, 63, 64, 65, 66, 67, 68, 69, 70, 71, 72, 73, 74, 75).
Made by Pietro Santi Bartoli (b. 1615, d. 1700).
Dimensions in mm 265 x 215 (175 x 150)
Official foliation ff. 75 (+ 2 paper flyleaves at the beginning, and 1 at the end)
Form Paper codex
Binding Post-1600. Gold-tooled red leather; gilt edges.
Provenance Cardinal Camillo Massimi (d. 1677): frontispiece, 'Camillus Maximus imagines ex P. Virgilii Maronis veteri codice qui in, bibliothaeca Vaticana servatur Urbani VIII. Pont. Maximi concessu pingi curavit, MDCXLII' (f. 2).
Fabio Camillo Massimi, brother of Cardinal Camillo Massimi, Rome, from 1677: frontispiece, 'P Virgilii Maronis Opera quae supersunt in antiquo codice vaticano ad priscam literarum et imaginum formam descripta in bibliotheca eminentiss Camilli Maximi Cardinalis an MDCLXXVII' (f. 3); his collection sold in 1738, bought by Mead.
Richard Mead (b. 1673, d. 1754), physician and collector of books and art: his binding(?), bought by Askew for five guineas.
Anthony Askew (bap. 1722, d. 1774), physician and book collector: his sale, 7 March 1785, lot 419; bought by Lansdowne for twenty guineas.
William Petty (formerly Fitzmaurice) (b. 1737, d. 1805), 2nd earl of Shelburne and 1st marquess of Lansdowne, prime minister: his book-plate (inside upper cover); purchased by the British Museum together with 1244 other Lansdowne manuscripts in 1807.
Select bibliography [Henry Ellis and Francis Douce], A Catalogue of the Lansdowne Manuscripts in the British Museum (London, 1819), no. 834.

David H. Wright, 'From Copy to Facsimile: A Millenium of Studying the Vatican Vergil', British Library Journal, 17 (1991), 12-35.

David H. Wright, The Vatican Vergil. A Masterpiece of Late Antique Art (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1993), pp. 117-18.
Last revised: 11 December 2006


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f. 2
Miniature in three registers.

f. 4
Miniature in three registers.


ff. 11v-12
 
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f. 11v
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f. 12
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ff. 23v-24
 
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f. 23v
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f. 24
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f. 51
 

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