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Detailed record for King's 30

Author Lucius Annaeus Seneca
Title Tragoediae , with argumenta
Origin Italy, N. (Venice?)
Date last quarter of the 14th century
Language Latin
Script Gothic
Decoration 1 large historiated initial with a three-sided foliate border, in colours and gold (f. 2). Large decorated foliate initials with extensions into the margins, in colours and gold, for major text divisions (ff. 22v, 39v, 55v, 65v, 85, 102v, 118v, 133v, 148v). Small initials in red or blue with red pen-flourishing. A few small initials plain in blue.
Dimensions in mm 285 x 205 (190 x 90)
Official foliation ff. 178 (+ 3 paper and 1 parchment flyleaves at the beginning, and 1 parchment and 3 paper flyleaves at the end)
Collation i-xxi8 (ff. 1-168); xxiii10 (ff. 169-178).
Form Parchment codex
Binding Post 1600. 'Consul' Smith binding of Venetian sprinkled calf; the covers with the added gilt arms of George I or II, with the initials G.R. III, and Garter, Thistle, and Bath devices; marbled endpapers; gilt edges.
Provenance Unidentified owners, between 1425 and 1499: with added epigrams to doges and others inscribed four different hands (f. 1), including to 'magnifici comitus carmagnole' (Francesco Bussone, Count of Carmagnola (b. c.1380?, d. 1432).
'Nicoleos', with his ownership inscription in Greek (f. 178v).
Unidentified Italian owner, 18th century: inscribed with a note of the number of leaves in Italian (f. 178).
Joseph Smith (b. 1673/4?, d. 1770), book collector and patron of the arts: his binding; listed in his catalogue (see Bibliotheca Smithiana seu catalogus librorum Josephi Smithii Angli per cognomina authorum dispositus, Addenda, & Corrigenda in superiori Catalogo (Venice: Pasquali, 1755), p. 58, col. 1); sold to King George III, along with the bulk of Smith's library and art collection, in 1762.
King George III (b. 1738, d. 1820).
Given to the British Museum by King George IV in 1823 as part of the library of King George III.
Select bibliography George F. Warner and Julius P. Gilson, Catalogue of Western Manuscripts in the Old Royal and King’s Collections, 4 vols (London: British Museum, 1921), III: Description of the King’s Manuscripts and Indexes to both Collections, p. 9.

Frances Vivian, Il Console Smith: mercante e collezionista, Saggi e studi di storia dell-arte, 14 (Vicenza: Neri Pozza, 1971), p. 92.

Alexander MacGregor, 'L'Abbazia di Pomposa, centro originario della tradizione <> della tragedie di Seneca', La bibliofilia, 85 (1983), 171-85 (p. 183, no. 24).

Frances Vivian, The Consul Smith Collection: Masterpieces of Italian Drawing from the Royal Library, Windsor, Raphael to Canaletto (Munich: Hirmer, 1989), p. 43 n. 96.


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Historiated initial depicting Seneca

f. 2
Historiated initial depicting Seneca
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f. 2
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Illuminated  initial

f. 102v
Illuminated initial
 
Detail

f. 102v
Detail

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