[MANUSCRIPT]. Manuscript Prayerbook, in Latin. [Italy, Brescia?, late 16th cent, continued to 18th cent].
48 leaves, 192 x 140 mm, on vellum. Written in dark brown & red ink in various hands. Double-ruled borders in red throughout. With red penwork decorations between quotations. Dedication leaf to "Alle molto [Re]everende et Deuote Sig[no]re Le Reverende Madri di S. Giulia di Brescia" with text below in a cursive hand (with text & decoration rubbed away & with some pigment transfer to facing page). Full-page miniature depicting kneeling patron or dedicatee, being bleswsed by an angel, with Latin motto above, 4 2-line initials, one in gold, the rest red, one leaf of music. Apparently incomplete, leaves rubbed with slight losses, some worming. Bound in modern leather gilt. Provenance: Conte Paolo Vimercati-Sozzi (1801-1883), Italian antiquary (engraved bookplate).
Vimercati-Sozzi donated a large portion of his library, including books and manuscripts, to the city of Bergamo in 1869; they are presently housed in the Biblioteca Civica. The remainder of his collection was sold at auction in Milan in 1893.
Property from the Collection of Rhoda H. Clark and The Monastery Hill Bindery
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