Ab urbe condita / Livy.

Livy [Browse]
Uniform title
Manuscript, Book
[Florence, Italy] : [producer not identified], [between 1425 and 1475]
1 volume (i, 218, i leaves) : parchment, illustrations ; 34 cm


  • Title from printed catalog.
  • Script: Humanistica antiqua.
  • Decoration: Italian Renaissance. Opens on fol. 1r with a 7-line gold initial F for the preface, with white vine-stem on blue, green, and pink, extending into left margin, outlined in blue, with tiny triple white dots and marginal gold balls. The decoration has been extended along the rest of left margin and lower margin by another hand, with thinner vine-stem, without the white dots, and slightly different shades of green and pink. An enwreathed space was left for arms in the lower margin, within the vine-stem decoration with a horizontal gold bar. Books I-X each open with a 4- or 5-line gold initial, with white vine-stem initials on blue, green, and pink, outlined in blue, with tiny triple white dots, and marginal gold balls.
Binding note
Italy, 15th century. Brown goatskin over wooden boards, probably oak (8 mm thick). Blind-stamped interlacing patterns fill a frame that has at its center an octagonal area with this pattern and an 8-pointed star filled in the middle.
  • 1.1r-1v: “Titi liuii patauini uiri clarissimi ab urbe condita liber primus incipit. Prohemium id est res gestae populi romani domi forisque. Facturus ne sim opere pretium si a primordio urbis res populi Romani perscripserim ...” Explicit: “... si ut poetis nobis quoque mos esset, libentius inciperemus, ut orsis tanti operis successus prosperos darent. Explicit prohemium.”
  • 2.1v-218r: “Incipit liber primus. Iam primum omnium satis constat troia capta in ceteros seuitum esse troianos. A duobus Enee Antenorique et uetusti iure hospitii et quare pacis reddendeque helene semper auctores fuerant omne ius belli achiuos abstinuisse ...” Explicit: “Neque eo anno quare occupati consules bello erant, quicquam de ea re actium, preterquamque unum diem esculapio supplicatio habita est. Titi liuii predicti ab urbe condita liber decimus et ultimus huius decadis explicit. Deo gratias. Bononie Anno domini Mccccxxv.”
Garrett MS. 113 was written in Florence by an unnamed scribe active in the 1450s. The early provenance is unknown. Robert Garrett (1875-1961), of Baltimore, Maryland, Class of 1897, purchased the manuscript on 22 December 1924 from the New York antiquarian bookseller Wilfrid M. Voynich (1865-1930). Garrett's bookplate is on the inside front cover. His gift to the Princeton University Library, 1942.
Source acquisition
Gift of Robert Garrett, 1942.
Medieval & Renaissance manuscripts in the Princeton University Library, volume 1, pages 250-252.
Cite as
Garrett MS. 113, Manuscripts Division, Department of Rare Books and Special Collections, Princeton University Library.
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