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De fide ad gratianum augustum libri quinque, 1425 - 1475

Identifier: MS 39


This is a mid-fifteenth-century Italian paper manuscript of Saint Ambrose's De fide ad gratianum augustum libri quinque, a defense of Christian orthodoxy. It is undecorated, and the blank spaces left for initials have not been filled in. There are a small number of annotations. Greek phrases in the source text are either left out, with space left for words, or transliterated in Latin letters. Greek for some of the transliterations has been added in the outer margin in a later hand (fols. 69r, 111r).


  • Creation: 1425 - 1475


1 volumes

Language of Materials


Greek, Ancient (to 1453)

Custodial History

Written in Italy in the middle of the fifteenth century. Notes in various hands on front pastedown: "Ambrosii", "7", "Cod. III. Latine"; on f. i "Forsam Rabbi Salomon" has been lined out; below that "Di fogli 150"; at the bottom of f. i recto and continuing on to the verso are 19 lines in Italian that explain how one owner discovered the attribution to Ambrose, along with the incipit and explicit of the text and a seventeenth-century citation for a printed text: "Del presente codice. . . " The first two lines of this statement have been written twice, the first attempt has been crossed out. Shelf mark on f. 1r "63". Purchased by James and Florence Tanis in 196? in Los Angeles, CA from an unknown dealer.


  1. Ambrose, Saint, Bishop of Milan, -397

Other related names

  1. Tanis, James and Florence, former owners

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Given by James and Florence Tanis to Bryn Mawr Library in honor of Leo M. Dolenski in April 1997

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Physical Description

Paper support.

Eighteenth-century half-bound vellum over marbled paper boards. Corners worn; boards badly rubbed. Gold-tooling on spine; also on spine in capital letters on dark brown label: "Sapientiam/ Salomonis/ Manoscr./ Cartac."

i + 151 + i; 237 x 65 mm bound to 247 x 173 mm

One column of twenty-three lines; blindruled with double vertical bounding lines; occasional partial top line in metal point; written area: 147 x 90 mm

Humanistic cursive script

Spaces for seven-line initials left open at the beginning of each book; chapters have spaces for two-line initials and a few lines are left blank between chapters, perhaps for headings; guide letters visible in most spaces; the first two to seven lines of each book are written in rustic capitals

Modern foliation in pencil, upper right recto

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