Heroides / Ovid.

Ovid, 43 B.C.-17 A.D. or 18 A.D. [Browse]
Uniform title
  • Manuscript, Book
[Florence, Italy] : [producer not identified], [between 1460 and 1465]
1 volume (i, 74, i leaves) : parchment, illustrations ; 20 cm


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Poetry [Browse]
  • Script: Humanistica cursiva.
  • Decoration: Opens on fol. 1r with a 4-line gold initial H, with white vine-stem decoration on blue, green, and pink, extending to full border containing cherubs, rabbits, and butterflies, outlined in blue, with tiny white triple dots; the Capponi arms are in a wreath supported by two cherubs at foot of page. The opening of book II on fol. 47r is marked with a 4-line initial H with white vine-stem decoration. Minor divisions are marked with 3-line gold initials, on squares of pink and blue, decorated in white, with purple penwork frames. The gold initial N on fol. 53r is backwards.
Binding note
Italy, 19th century. Light brown calf over wooden boards (4 mm thick); a single blind-tooled line along the perimeter of each board; two metal clasps attaching from upper to lower board; sewn on 4 bands. Spine title: “ovidii epistolae.”
Kane MS. 34 was probably produced in Florence between 1460 and 1465, in the opinion of A. C. de la Mare. On fol. 1r are the Capponi arms of this important Florentine mercantile and banking family. The manuscript later belonged to Conte Eugenio Minutoli-Tegrimi of Lucca, whose library stamp “Di casa Minutoli Tegrimi” can be found on fols. 1r, 41r, 73r. The French collector Eugène Piot (1812-1890) acquired the manuscript and later sold it to Ambroise Firmin-Didot (1790-1876). The manuscript was auctioned at the Firmin-Didot sale in Paris in June 1878. At the sale, the manuscript was acquired by the London bookseller Bernard Quaritch, which sold it to Samuel Allen (1842-1919), of County Antrim, Ireland. The Allen collection passed by descent to his son Captain Samuel Allen (1891-1942). The manuscript was sold at the Allen sale at Sotheby's, London, beginning on 30 January 1920. The London and New York antiquarian bookseller Wilfrid M. Voynich (1865-1930) acquired the manuscript and sold it in 1926 to Grenville Kane (1854-1943), of Tuxedo Park, N.Y. Princeton University Library acquired the manuscript from Kane's heirs in 1946.
Medieval & Renaissance manuscripts in the Princeton University Library, volume 2, page 77-78.
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Kane MS. 34, Manuscripts Division, Department of Rare Books and Special Collections, Princeton University Library.
Other title(s)
Ovidii Epistolae
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