Chronicon pontificum et imperatorum / Martin of Troppau.

Martinus, Polonus, -1279 [Browse]
Uniform title
[Italy] : [producer not identified], [between 1400 and 1425]
1 volume (70, ii leaves) : parchment, illustrations ; 30 cm


  • Script: Part I (fols. 3r-30v): Textualis rotunda, by an Italian scribe; Part II (fols. 30v-58r): Textualis rotunda, written by a scribe trained in northern Gothic script; Part III (fols. 60r-70r): Textualis rotunda, similar to part I, but apparently earlier.
  • Decoration: Part I: Prologue to the Chronicon pontificum et imperatorum opens on fol. 3r with a rubbed 7-line initial Q (“Quoniam scire tempore”), bust of crowned king, right hand pointing, wearing orange cloak over pink robe, within pink letter in dark blue square; marginal extensions all down left margin; blue, orange, pink with gold discs; at foot two half angels, one with raised hand wearing deep blue cloak over pale pink robe, pale pink wings, the other angel swathed in pink cloak, orange wings; Part II: Opening of the history of Rome, a 5-line red and blue puzzle initial P (“Postquam superius cronicam”) filled and decorated blue and red on a square field of brown penwork extending into the upper and left margin (fol. 30v); Part III: Opening of Casus decretorum a 6-line fioliate pink initial L (“Licet merita”) decorated red on blue square with gold discs, fol. 60r.
Binding note
England (?), 18th century. Reddish brown goatskin over pasteboard; decorated with two concentric rectangles of gilt double fillets, around edges and in center, including four gold-stamped tools of a flowering urn in each corner of the central rectangle, front and back, and six of the same tool along the spine.
Garrett MS. 155 is of unknown early and intermediate provenance. Robert Garrett (1875-1961), of Baltimore, Maryland, Class of 1897, purchased the manuscript on 25 February 1925 from the New York antiquarian bookseller Wilfrid M. Voynich (1865-1930). Garrett's initials and the date of acquisition are written in pencil 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 361-364.
Cite as
Garrett MS. 155, Manuscripts Division, Department of Rare Books and Special Collections, Princeton University Library.
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