Collection ID: 0028 | Metadata type: TEI
MS 239/25 Ad sacratissimum Britanniae regem Henricum
TitleAd sacratissimum Britanniae regem Henricum
- Castiglione, Baldassarre, conte, 1478-1529 (http://viaf.org/viaf/39446776)
Other related names
- Federigo Veterani?, artist
- Henry VII, King of England, 1457-1509, former owner (http://viaf.org/viaf/268547728)
- Raye, Francis, former owner
- Eltonhead, Johannes, former owner
- Perrott, Thomas, former owner
- Thoresby, Ralph, 1658-1725, former owner (http://viaf.org/viaf/50151830)
- Dacre, Thomas Barrett-Lennard, Baron, 1717-1786, former owner (http://viaf.org/viaf/315681127)
- Maggs Bros., former owner (http://viaf.org/viaf/135205711)
- Rosenbach, A.S.W. (Abraham Simon Wolf), 1876-1952, former owner (http://viaf.org/viaf/56752944)
- Council on Library and Information Resources
Call numberMS 239/25
(Philadelphia, United States, Free Library of Philadelphia, The Rosenbach)
This is a manuscript copy of a famous ode to Guidobaldo of Montefeltro (1472-1508) by Baldassarre Castiglione (1478-1529). Circumstantial evidence suggests that the text was written in the summer of 1508. The text is dedicated to King Henry of England (Henry VII as per the 1513 Petrucci printed edition). The volume's fine humanist script and the decoration and coats-of-arms on the first page, together with the early English ownership marks, suggest that it was the presentation copy brought to England and offered to the king. The scribe and the illuminator have been identified by C.H. Clough (1978, p. 270) as Federigo Veterani (c. 1450-1530).
- Poetic inscription on recto of third flyleaf (actual first folio of first gathering, unnumbered): "Gemmam perdidimus, lachrymet Anglia: Gemmam rursus habet, gaudeat Anglia"; this is a fragment of a poetical work by T. Porter found in Nicholas, John, The Progresses and Public Processions of Queen Elizabeth, ed. Elizabeth Goldring et al. (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2015), vol. 4, p. 266
- For another example of Castiglione arms, see H.P. Kraus, cat. 93, 1960, no. 138: Suetonius, Vitae XII Caesarum, Rome, 1470
ExtentIi+20+ii; 199 x 124 mm bound to 205 x 129 mm
FoliationModern pencil pagination in upper right recto and upper left verso; early ink pagination in identical sequence on upper right recto only; pagination begins on second leaf of first gathering
Collation1 (12), 2 (8)
CatchwordsOriginal downward-facing catchword in lower right corner on p. 22
BindingEighteenth-century English mottled calf
Decorated incipit page with a floral border and the arms of Guidobaldo da Montefeltro on the right, the arms of Henry VII of England in the lower center, and the arms of Castiglione on the left, the latter surrounded by a gold collar of "S" links, given to him by Henry VII
- Owned in the seventeenth century by Francis Raye and Johannes Eltonhead; owned in 1701 by Thomas Perrott of Sidney Sussex College; given by him to Ralph Thoresby, of Leeds, in 1708 (his. cat. no. 194 in idem., Ducatus Leodiensis, p. 538; also indicated on upper pastedown); Thomas Barrett-Lennard, 17th Baron Dacre (1717-1786) as per bookplate on upper pastedown; no. 88 in an unidentified Sotheby's sale as per object notes by Meta Harrsen; Maggs Bros., 1924, No. 456: Books, Manuscripts and bindings, cat. no. 201; Rosenbach, A.S.W. (Abraham Simon Wolf), 1876-1952
- Thoresby, Ralph, Ducatus Leodiensis, or, The Topography of the Ancient and Populous Town and Parish of Leedes (London: Atkins, 1715), no. 194, p. 538.
- Clough, C.H., "Baldassare Castiglione's Presentation Manuscript to King Henry VII" Liverpool Classical Monthly 3 (1978), pp. 269-272.
- Kirkham, Victoria, "Notizie di manoscritti: Two letters relocated: Savonarola and Castiglione at Philadelphia's Rosenbach" Lettere Italiane 38, no. 4 (1986), pp. 518-524.
- Identità e diversità nella lingua e nella letteratura italiana: Poesia e narrativa dal duecento all'ottocento : teatro, cultura, critica, ed. Serge Vanvolsem and Michel Bastiaensen (Florence: Cesati, 2007), p. 151.
- Motta, Uberto, "Il principe di Castiglione" in Humanistica: an international journal of early Renaissance studies IV 1 (2009), pp. 28, 32 (article pp. 19-32).
- Henry VII, King of England, 1457-1509
- Guidobaldo, da Montefeltro, Duke of Urbino, 1472-1508
- 16th century
- These images and the content of The Rosenbach, MS 239/25: Ad sacratissimum Britanniae regem Henricum are free of known copyright restrictions and in the public domain. See the Creative Commons Public Domain Mark page for usage details, http://creativecommons.org/publicdomain/mark/1.0/.
- To the extent possible under law, Rosenbach of the Free Library of Philadelphia has waived all copyright and related or neighboring rights to this metadata about The Rosenbach MS 239/25: Ad sacratissimum Britanniae regem Henricum. This work is published from: United States. For a summary of CC0, see https://creativecommons.org/publicdomain/zero/1.0/. Legal code: https://creativecommons.org/publicdomain/zero/1.0/legalcode.
Table of contents
- Flyleaf 3 recto — Seventeenth- and eighteenth-century ownership notes
- 1 — Baldassarre Castiglione, Ad sacratissimum britannia regem Henricum de Guidobaldo Monfeltrio urbini duce; incipit: Vellem, Sacratissime Rex, ut quod olim ad Te scribendi mihi iucundissimum erat argumentum... [p. 1]; explicit: ...veluti bonam illi beatamque felicitatem invidentes, desiderio torquemur amarissimo. [p. 37]
- 38 — Seventeenth- or eighteenth-century poetic inscriptions
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Decoration: Bookplate, Thomas Barrett-Lennard, 17th Baron Dacre (1717-1786)
Flyleaf 3 recto
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