BEINECKE RARE BOOK AND MANUSCRIPT LIBRARY
GENERAL COLLECTION OF RARE BOOKS AND
Beinecke MS 213 Italy, 1541
Collection of legal documents
A collection of copies of grants and concessions made to Jacobo
Probo, conte di Pianelle, from Francesco Gonzaga, Marquis of Mantua
(1466-1519), and his son Federico II (1500-40), all of which are in
Latin. The three documents of Francesco are dated 1496 (ff. 8r-10r),
1514 (ff. 6v-7v), 1516 (ff. 1r-2r); the two of Federico are dated 1519
(ff. 2v-5r) and 1526 (ff. 5v-6r). On f. 10v there is a statement by the
notary "Castantius [sic] Iottus" authenticating these copies (dated 18
Oct. 1541). Two documents of Ferdinand II of Aragon, King of Sicily
(1452-1516) confirming title to the property in question (ff. 11r-14r)
seem to have been added later by another writer. f. 14v blank
Parchment, ff. iv (contemporary paper) + 14 (13, 14 actually
flyleaves conjugate to ff. iii, iv in front) + ii (contemporary paper:
the conjugate leaves to the front flyleaves), 195 x 150 (ca. 140 x 130)
mm. Folios 1r-10v written in 26 long lines; ff. 11r-14r in ca. 30
lines. Ruled in hard point. Single vertical (and sometimes horizontal)
bounding lines, full across; prickings at corners of written space.
I^^12 (the final two documents continue onto back flyleaves).
Written in inelegant italic for ff. 1-10; a sprawling running hand
for ff. 11-14.
Binding: s. xv-xvi. Levantine? A single gathering backstitched to
the vellum lining of a semi-limp pasteboard folder covered with red-
brown goatskin with corner tongues. Blind-tooled with a cross on a
pedestal in a border on the upper board and an X on the lower. The
design made up of fleurs-de-lis, diamonds with concave sides and
flowers, the flowers bordering the turn-ins. Two ribbon fastenings,
missing. Some mold and worm damage.
Written in Italy in 1541, with later additions; early provenance
unknown. Presented to Yale by Carl B. Spitzer in 1955.
Bibliography: Faye and Bond, p. 41, no. 213.
Barbara A. Shailor