Books of the Princes

Antonio Baldana, De magno schismate.

  • 1419 circa; parchment and paper; mm 320 × 215; ff. 35
  • Parma, ‘Biblioteca Palatina’, cod. 1194

In the period of the great Western schism princes of the Church are the heroes of the work by Antonio Baldana of Udine who depicts his wall-surrounded town in this codex.

Hebrew Bible

  • S. XIII; parchment; mm 480 × 360; ff. II.381.II’
  • Udine, ‘Biblioteca Arcivescovile’, 248 (ebraico 14)

A Hebrew codex of Grimani’s collection purchased by the patriarch Dionigi Dolfin for the Patriarchal Library of Udine.

John Chrysostom (Theodoros Daphnopates), Eclogues from various homilies

  • S. XI; parchment; mm 290 × 225; ff. II, 232, II
  • Udine, ‘Biblioteca Arcivescovile’, 262

The codex, which was part of the patriarch of Aquileia Domenico Grimani’s book collection and subsequently of the Venetian patrician Antonio Capello’s ‘museum’, was later purchased by the patriarch Dionigi Dolfin for the Patriarchal Library of Udine.

Quintius Æmilianus ‘Cimbriacus’, Carmina

  • A. 1494-1497; parchment; mm 190 × 134; ff. 16
  • New Haven, Yale University, Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Marston 161

Dedicatory copy of Cimbriacus’ Carmina to the patriarch of Aquileia Nicolò Donà.

Pietro Barozzi, De ratione bene moriendi

  • A. 1471-1487; parchment; mm 230 × 160; ff. III + 99
  • Oxford, Bodleian Library, Lyell 81
  • A work, dedicated to Marco Barbo, patriarch of Aquileia, whose central concept is that the earthly life duration should not be trusted and preparation to a good death should coincide with the moment one begins to give up hope of health recovery.

Augustine, De civitate Dei

  • S. XV med.; parchment; mm 368 × 276; ff. 292
  • Vatican City, ‘Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana’, Vat. lat. 436

The codex, made under the patronage of Ludovico Trevisan, patriarch of Aquileia and chamberlain of the Holy Roman Church, was assigned to the papal library upon his death.

Notabilia from Francesco Petrarca’s and Marcus Tullius Cicero’s Works

  • S. XV (ante 1431); parchment; mm 250 × 180; ff. I + 24
  • San Daniele, ‘Biblioteca Civica Guarneriana’, 138

A systematic collection of Petrarch’s and Cicero’s moral sayings drawn out for cardinal Antonio Pancera, patriarch of Aquileia.

Seneca, Tragoediae

  • S. XIV ex.; parchment; mm 355 × 245; ff. 239
  • San Daniele del Friuli, ‘Biblioteca Civica Guarneriana’, 75

A complex collection, coherent with the culture of its illustrious owner, Antonio Pancera, patriarch of Aquileia.

Plutarch, Sylloge of nineteen Vitae parallelae in Latin humanistic translations

  • S. XV med.; parchment; mm 335 × 237; ff. I, 335
  • Vatican City, ‘Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana’, Pal. lat. 918
  • The codex, written and illuminated for Ludovico Trevisan, patriarch of Aquileia and chamberlain of the Holy Roman Church, got into the ‘Biblioteca Vaticana’ in the seventeenth century from Heidelberg.

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