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Detailed record for Additional 27376

Part 1 ff. 1-179 
Author Marino Sanudo called Torsello (c. 1270-1343); Marcus Annaeus Lucanus , translated by Nicholas de Vérone
Title Liber secretorum fidelium crucis (Book of secrets of the faithful of the Cross) (ff. 1-163), letters (ff. 164-178); Pharsalia, in French (f. 179)
Origin Italy, N. (Venice)
Date c. 1331 (after 1327)
Language Latin and French
Script Gothic
Decoration 12 bas-de page miniatures of the Crusades in colours, some with gold (ff. 1v, 4, 4v, 7, 8v, 45, 68, 74v, 108v, 138, 149v, 150). Partial foliate borders incorporating historiated initials (ff. 1, 1v, 2, 4, 4v, 7, 8v, 17, 19, 45, 46, 61v, 63v, 68, 74v, 79v, 95, 99v, 104v, 108v, 113v, 122, 131, 138, 149v). A two-page genealogical table of the rulers of the Crusader kingdoms and surrounding states in brown with red lines (163v-164). Marginal charts and diagrams in red and brown (ff. 46v, 48v, 49v, 50v, 51v, 86). Numerous initials in red or blue with pen-flourishing in the both colours. Book and chapter numbers in the upper margins and paraphs in blue or red. Rubrics in red.
Dimensions in mm 350 x 255 (250 x 155) written in two columns
 
Part 2 ff. 180-190 
Author Pietro Vesconte
Title Portolan charts, maps, plans and a calendar, bound separately as Additional MS 27376*
Origin Italy, N. (Venice)
Date c. 1331 (after 1327)
Language Latin
Script Gothic
Artists Workshop of Pietro Vesconte, perhaps by his relative, Perrinus (see Konrad Dretschmer,Die italiernischen Portolane des Mittelalters (Berlin, 1910, repr. Hildesheim, 1962), p. 113
Decoration 4 two-page portolan or navigational charts with flags and radiating lines (ff. 180-185), a mappa mundi (ff. 187v-188), a grid map of the Holy Land (188v-189) and plans of Jerusalem and Acre in green, brown and red (189v-190). A circular calendar in brown and red (ff. 185v-186).
Dimensions in mm 350 x 255
 
Official foliation 2 volumes: vol.1: ff. 179 (+ 1 unfoliated paper and 1 unfoliated parchment flyleaf at the beginning and at the end); vol. 2: ff. 11 (+ 4 unfoliated paper flyleaves at the beginning and 1 parchment flyleaf and 17 unfoliated paper flyleaves at the end.
Form Parchment codex
Binding BM/BL in-house binding (rebound in 1931)
Provenance Contents list in a 16th-century cursive hand on f. 180.
Matteo Luigi Canonici (b. 1727, d. 1805), Jesuit and collector of Venice: his ownership recorded by Sneyd.
Reverend Walter Sneyd (b. 1809, d.1888) of Denton House, Cuddleston, one of 915 books from Canonici's library purchased by him in Italy in 1835: his ownership stamp with coat of arms on the inside upper binding; bought from him by the British Museum on 9th June 1866.
In 1931 ff. 180-190 were bound separately as Additional MS 27376*.
Notes The shelfmark of part 2 (ff. 180-190, containing the maps) is Add. MS 27376*.
ff. 1-163: Sanudo's third version of the Secreta fidelium crucis, a treatise originally produced for Pope John XXII to promote a crusade to the Holy Land in 1321. In this revision, marginal notes from the second edition were included in the main text. There are 19 manuscripts surviving of the Secreta texts, all produced in Sanudo's lifetime, of which 7 contain the third version. This copy has the largest set of maps (9 in total) of any Sanudo manuscript. A fragment containing only Book III, part 14, is Additional MS 19531.
ff. 164-178v: Letters of Sanudo.
Catchwords in the lower margins. Marginal titles and notes.
Lines between the months in the calendar have been added by a later hand (ff. 185v-186)
Select bibliography Catalogue of an exhibition of maps held in the King's Library April 1953 ([London]: [British Museum], 1953), pp. 4, 5, no. 19.

Robert Lucas, 'Medieval French Translations of the Latin Classics to 1500', Speculum, 45 (1970), 225-53 (p. 240).

Bernhard Degenhart and Annegrit Schmitt, Corpus der Italienischen Zeichnungen 1300-1450, Part 2 , 2 vols(Berlin: Gerb. Mann, 1980), I, pl. 7, 73, p. 31.

Europa und der Orient: 800-1900, ed. by Gereon Sievernich and Hendrik Budde (Berline: Bertelsmann Lexikon, 1989), pp. 687-88, fig.. 7/10 [exhibition catalogue].

Venice and the Islamic World 828-1797, ed. by Stefano Carboni (New York: Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2007), no. 41, pl. on p. 62 [exhibition catalogue].

Irmeli Valtonen, The North in the Old English Orosius: A geographical narrative in context, (Helsinki: 2008, Société Néophilologique), pp. 232, 656.

Evelyn Edson, 'Reviving the crusade: Sanudo's schemes and Vesconti's maps', in Eastward bound: travel and travellers, 1050-1550, ed. by Rosamund Allen (Manchester : Manchester University Press, 2004), pp. 131-55 (pp. 149, 151, 154).

Marino Sanudo Torsello, The Book of the Secrets of the Faithful of the Cross: Liber secretorum fidelium crucis, translated by Peter Lock (Farnham: Ashgate, 2011), p. 14.


Images

Part  1   ff. 1-179
Marino Sanudo called Torsello (c. 1270-1343); Marcus Annaeus Lucanus , translated by Nicholas de Vérone Liber secretorum fidelium crucis (Book of secrets of the faithful of the Cross) (ff. 1-163), letters (ff. 164-178); Pharsalia, in French (f. 179)
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Crusaders in a boat

f. 4v
Crusaders in a boat
Corsairs, Armenia

f. 7r
Corsairs, Armenia
Crusaders and Turks

f. 8v
Crusaders and Turks
 
Text page

f. 9
Text page
Soldiers attacking a fortress

f. 45
Soldiers attacking a fortress
Scenes of the Holy Land

ff. 149v-150
Scenes of the Holy Land
 

Part  2   ff. 180-190
Pietro Vesconte Portolan charts, maps, plans and a calendar, bound separately as Additional MS 27376*
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Notes and contents

f. 180
Notes and contents
Atlantic coast

ff. 180v-181
Atlantic coast
Central Mediterranean

ff. 181v-182
Central Mediterranean
 
Eastern Mediterranean and the Red Sea

ff. 182v-183
Eastern Mediterranean and the Red Sea
Eastern Mediterranean

ff. 183v-184
Eastern Mediterranean
Black Sea

ff. 184v-185
Black Sea
 
Calendar

ff. 185v-186
Calendar
Mappa mundi

ff. 187v-188
Mappa mundi
Map of the Holy Land

ff. 188v-189
Map of the Holy Land
 
Acre and Jerusalem

ff. 189v-190
Acre and Jerusalem

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