Manuscript on paper of a facsimile of Iohannes Calderia (Giovanni Calderia, 15th century), member of a Venetian family, Politica (De praestantia Venetae politiae libri V ad Antonium Vinciguerra). Written in 5 books of unnumbered chapters. Our manuscript is traced from Oxford, Bodleian Library, MS Laud. Misc. 717, ff. 101r-150v; in that manuscript the text is preceded by two other treatises by Calderia: De virtutibus moralibus et theologicis and De oeconomia Veneta. Each page consists of two leaves of extremely thin paper pasted together. The paper is now dark brown and brittle (causing loss of text in the lower margins of pp. 1-6). For reasons of conservation the bifolios have now been cut into singletons and these have been encapsulated in transparent Mylar sleeves united in an album. Written by one hand in Humanistica Semitextualis Libraria. No decoration; the space provided for the initials is not used. Binding: Eighteenth-century, kept separately. Marbled brown leather over pasteboard, each cover decorated with a gold-tooled floral border and gold-tooled doublure margin; gold-tooled spine with paper label containing the hand-written number 24068. Marbled paste-downs. Cite as: Giovanni Calderia, Politica. General Collection, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University. Antonio Vinciguerra (1440/46-1502/03) was a satirical poet, secretary of the Venetian Signoria; see about him Dizionario enciclopedico della letteratura Italiana (Laterza), v. 5 (Bari, Rome, 1968), p. 463. See about the Bodleian codex CMD Oxford, 631, pl. 719. For other manuscripts copied from the same Italian manuscript, dated 20 Oct. 1473 (see p. 96), see Kristeller, Iter Italicum, v. 1, pp. 195, 229; v. 2, p. 238 etc.
Latin literature, Medieval and modern Manuscripts, Medieval -- Connecticut -- New Haven
Venice (Italy) -- Politics and government
Archives or Manuscripts
The use of this image may be subject to the copyright law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code) or to site license or other rights management terms and conditions. The person using the image is liable for any infringement.
Related Exhibit or Resource:
Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts in Beinecke Library.
Beinecke MS 715
General Collection, BRBL, Yale University
Extent of digitization:
Complete work digitized.
For more information about this resource, contact: