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Detailed record for Egerton 753

Title Commission from Andrea Gritti, doge of Venice, appointing Francesco Morosini governor of Treviso
Origin Italy, N. (Venice)
Date 1528
Language Latin and Italian
Script Humanistic cursive
Decoration Large decorated initial and display script on a purple ground, accompanied by a full border all antica with heraldic arms in the lower margin, in colours and gold (f. 1). Small initials in plain red.
Dimensions in mm 235 x 160 (170 x 100)
Official foliation ff. 30 (+ 3 paper flyleaves at the beginning, and 3 at the end)
Form Parchment codex
Binding Pre-1600. Original gold-tooled brown leather; green silk ties; gilt edges.
Provenance Francesco Morosini: his arms flanked by the letters 'FM' (f. 1), and the text starting with 'Nos Andreas Gritti Dei Gratia Dux Venetiarum et Caetera, committimus tibi nobili viro Francisco Mauroceno' (f. 1); Added at the end 'Dat. In nostre Ducali Palatio die xij Junij Indictione prima M. D. xxxviij' (f. 28).
Labelled, c. 1700: 'No 1084' (on lower cover).
Bought by the British Museum from Williams, 16 July 1839 (note on 2nd flyleaf), using the Farnborough Fund (3,000 bequeathed in 1838 by Charles Long, Baron Farnborough (b. 1761, d. 1838), a cousin of Francis Henry Egerton, 8th Earl of Bridgewater (b. 1756, d. 1829), founder of the collection.
Select bibliography List of Additions to the Manuscripts in the British Museum in the Years 1836-1840 (London: British Museum, 1843), no. Eg. 753.

Andrew G. Watson, Catalogue of Dated and Datable Manuscripts c. 700-1600 in The Department of Manuscripts: The British Library, 2 vols (London: British Library, 1979), I, no. 584.

Laura Nuvoloni, 'Commissioni Dogali: Venetian Bookbindings in the British Library'. For the Love of the Binding: Studies in Bookbinding History presented to Mirjam Foot, ed. by D. Pearson (London: British Library, 2000), pl. 14.


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Decorated initial and border

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Decorated initial and border

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