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  • M6446  (recto)Livy, Ab Urbe Condita Libri (‘on the history of Rome’), from a handsome humanist manuscript, in Latin on parchment [Italy (probably Naples), c. 1450-60] 
Single leaf, with single column of 24 lines of the fine and appealing humanist script of Giacomo Curlo (written space 163 by 93mm.), capitals set off in margins, fol. no. ‘8’ in modern pencil, two small white fabric tags from last mounting, outstandingly fresh condition, 223 by 159mm.
In 2000 A.C. de la Mare attributed the hand of this dismembered manuscript to the early and important humanist scribe Giacomo Curlo (‘A Livy Copied by Giacomo Curlo Dismembered by Otto Ege’, in Interpreting and Collecting Fragments of Medieval Books). He is first recorded working for Cosimo de’ Medici in October 1423, and by 1425 he may have been working briefly in the papal curia. By 1428, he seems to have been in Milan and Venice, and later moved on to Naples, where in 1446 he was appointed chancellor and contributed greatly to the royal library there growing under the influence of King Alfonso II (the Aragonese royal library once had two copies of Livy, listed as M153 and 154 in their inventory: S. López-Rios, ‘A New Inventory’, Journal of the Warburg and Courtauld Institutes 65, 2002). 
The parent manuscript of the leaf here was obtained by the self-proclaimed ‘biblioclast’ Otto Ege (1888-1951), at Sotheby’s on 24 January 1950, lot 461, and gradually dismembered and dispersed. The remnant of 240 leaves (lacking over 170 leaves) appeared at Sotheby’s, 11 December 1984, lot 51, and was acquired by the Bodleian (with further leaves acquired by them in Sotheby’s, 26 November 1985, lot 81.
  • M6446 (verso) Livy, Ab Urbe Condita Libri (‘on the history of Rome’), from a handsome humanist manuscript, in Latin on parchment [Italy (probably Naples), c. 1450-60] 
Single leaf, with single column of 24 lines of the fine and appealing humanist script of Giacomo Curlo (written space 163 by 93mm.), capitals set off in margins, fol. no. ‘8’ in modern pencil, two small white fabric tags from last mounting, outstandingly fresh condition, 223 by 159mm.
In 2000 A.C. de la Mare attributed the hand of this dismembered manuscript to the early and important humanist scribe Giacomo Curlo (‘A Livy Copied by Giacomo Curlo Dismembered by Otto Ege’, in Interpreting and Collecting Fragments of Medieval Books). He is first recorded working for Cosimo de’ Medici in October 1423, and by 1425 he may have been working briefly in the papal curia. By 1428, he seems to have been in Milan and Venice, and later moved on to Naples, where in 1446 he was appointed chancellor and contributed greatly to the royal library there growing under the influence of King Alfonso II (the Aragonese royal library once had two copies of Livy, listed as M153 and 154 in their inventory: S. López-Rios, ‘A New Inventory’, Journal of the Warburg and Courtauld Institutes 65, 2002). 
The parent manuscript of the leaf here was obtained by the self-proclaimed ‘biblioclast’ Otto Ege (1888-1951), at Sotheby’s on 24 January 1950, lot 461, and gradually dismembered and dispersed. The remnant of 240 leaves (lacking over 170 leaves) appeared at Sotheby’s, 11 December 1984, lot 51, and was acquired by the Bodleian (with further leaves acquired by them in Sotheby’s, 26 November 1985, lot 81.

M6446 Livy, Ab Urbe Condita Libri (on the history of Rome)Italy, c. 1450-60

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M6446  Livy, Ab Urbe Condita Libri (‘on the history of Rome’), from a handsome humanist manuscript, in Latin on parchment [Italy (probably Naples), c. 1450-60]

Single leaf, with single column of 24 lines of the fine and appealing humanist script of Giacomo Curlo (written space 163 by 93mm.), capitals set off in margins, fol. no. ‘8’ in modern pencil, two small white fabric tags from last mounting, outstandingly fresh condition, 223 by 159mm.

In 2000 A.C. de la Mare attributed the hand of this dismembered manuscript to the early and important humanist scribe Giacomo Curlo (‘A Livy Copied by Giacomo Curlo Dismembered by Otto Ege’, in Interpreting and Collecting Fragments of Medieval Books). He is first recorded working for Cosimo de’ Medici in October 1423, and by 1425 he may have been working briefly in the papal curia. By 1428, he seems to have been in Milan and Venice, and later moved on to Naples, where in 1446 he was appointed chancellor and contributed greatly to the royal library there growing under the influence of King Alfonso II (the Aragonese royal library once had two copies of Livy, listed as M153 and 154 in their inventory: S. López-Rios, ‘A New Inventory’, Journal of the Warburg and Courtauld Institutes 65, 2002).

The parent manuscript of the leaf here was obtained by the self-proclaimed ‘biblioclast’ Otto Ege (1888-1951), at Sotheby’s on 24 January 1950, lot 461, and gradually dismembered and dispersed. The remnant of 240 leaves (lacking over 170 leaves) appeared at Sotheby’s, 11 December 1984, lot 51, and was acquired by the Bodleian (with further leaves acquired by them in Sotheby’s, 26 November 1985, lot 81.  

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