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Detailed record for King's 322

Title 49 love sonnets
Origin Italy, N. (probably Milan)
Date 2nd or 3rd quarter of the 15th century
Language Italian
Script Humanistic
Artists Perhaps by the Master of the Vitae Imperatorum or someone in his circle.
Decoration 1 large historiated initial, and a three-sided foliate border with gold balls, with heraldry, devices, and monograms, in colours and gold; a large red heart on a burning wood fire with raindrops, in the right margin (f. 1). Small initials in gold with red or purple pen-flourishing or in blue with red or purple pen-flourishing or in silver with purple pen-flourishing. 1 small initial in gold with a woman's face, surrounded by gold stars (f. 18v). Small red hearts, some flamming, replacing the word ‘cuoere’ ('heart') throughout the text.
Dimensions in mm 232 x 165 (145 x 85)
Official foliation ff. 28 (+ 1 paper flyleaf at the beginning, and 1 at the end)
Collation i-iii8 (ff. 1-24), iv4 (ff. 25-28).
Form Parchment codex
Binding Post-1600. Parchment with stamped insignia of King George III, 18th century.
Provenance Mirabel Zucharia/ Zucharina, addressee of the poems: monogram (f. 1, overpainted).
? Andrea Matteo Acquaviva, Duke of Atri (b. 1457, d. 1528), or Andrea Manfredini: monograms 'AM', and overpainted arms of ? or a lion rampant (sable?) azure (Acquaviva and Manfredini) but the field possibly per pale (? Azure, a chief or and or a base azure) with a bordure azure, charged with a scourge of three cords, a lamb in upper right and a leading chain with swivel and tassel (f. 1).
King George III (b. 1738, d. 1820): his armorial stamp on the upper and lower covers.
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. 58.

Pamela Porter, Courtly Love in Medieval Manuscripts (London: British Library, 2003), p. 64 and back cover.


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Presentation of verses

f. 1
Presentation of verses
Presentation of verses

f. 1
Presentation of verses
Shield

f. 1
Shield
 
Heart

f. 1
Heart
Lion

f. 1v
Lion
Hearts

f. 6v
Hearts
 
Hearts

f. 6v
Hearts

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