Notitia Dignitatum

Oxford, Bodleian Library, MS. Canon. Misc. 378

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Notitia Dignitatum

Oxford, Bodleian Library, MS. Canon. Misc. 378

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Alternative titles – Notitia Dignitatum et Administrationum Omnium tam Civilium quam Militarium – Notitia Dignitatum of Pietro Donato – Oxford Notitia Dignitatum – List of Offices – Notitia Dignitatum von Peronet Lamy.
Physical features – Codex on parchment, dimensions 275 x 197 mm, 348 pages.
Binding – Leather cover with a triple-thread frame stamped in gold around the perimeter of the two boards. Spine with five raised bands, boxes with decorations and gold lettering SCOTI / COSMOGRAPH / CODEX MEMBR / FIG DIST.
Region of origin – Switzerland (Basel).
Dating – 15th century (1436).
Patronage – The codex was commissioned by Pietro Donà, or Donato (b. ca. 1390, d. 1447), bishop of Padua from 1428, humanist and bibliophile. He had the manuscript copied while he was presiding over the Council of Basel in place of Pope Eugene IV, born Gabriele Condulmer (n. 1383, m. 1447).
Subsequent owners – Jacopo Soranzo (b. ?, d. 1761), Matteo Luigi Canònici (b. 1727, d. 1805).
Holding institution – The heirs of Matteo Luigi Canònici sold the manuscript collection to the University of Oxford. The Notitia Dignitatum is today in the Bodleian Library – the main research library of the University of Oxford – under the shelfmark MS. Canon. Misc. 378.
Genre – Treatises / Secular booksChronicles / History / Laws.
Content – Cosmographia; Itinerarium prouinciarum Antonini Augusti; Septem montes urbis Romae; De aquis urbis; Liber de mensura orbis terrae; Notitia Galliarum; Laterculus Polemii Siluii; De montibus, portis et uiis urbis Romae; De rebus bellicis; Disputatio (Altercatio) Hadriani Augusti et Epicteti philosophi; Notitia [o Libellus de regionibus] urbis Romae; Notitia urbis Constantinopolitanae; De gradibus cognationum; Notitia Dignitatum omnium tam ciu[il]ium quam militarium; Demensuratio [o De mensuratione] Provinciarum; De VII mundi spactaculis. It is a collection of texts composed between the 3rd and 5th century AD on the geography and administration of the late Roman Empire. The Codex Spirensis – a codex from the Carolingian era then kept in the library of the cathedral of Speyer, but which was later destroyed – was used as a model.
Language – Latin, Greek.
Script – Humanistic minuscule, Greek minuscule.
Scribe – Pietro Donato hired a professional copyist. Some parts, however, he wrote in his own hand: titles, marginalia and a closing inscription on f. 170r in which he describes the circumstances under which the codex was produced.
Decoration – 107 miniatures, 80 of which are full-page.
Illuminator – Peronet Lamy (b. ?, d. pre-1453), also known as Perenet lenlumineur (Peronet the Illuminator), a painter and miniaturist from Saint-Claude (France), who spent many years of his career in the employ of the House of Savoy.
Style – Renaissance.

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Notitia Dignitatum

FACSIMILE EDITION

Publication title – Notitia Dignitatum. L’amministrazione dell’Impero romano.
Type of reproduction – Full-size color reproduction of the entire original document.
Publisher – Istituto della Enciclopedia Italiana – Treccani (Roma, 2014). Courtesy of the Bodleian Library – University of Oxford.
Series – Tesori Svelati.
Limited edition – The facsimile was produced in 599 copies numbered by hand from 1 to 599. Fifteen specimens not numbered were reserved for the Istituto della Enciclopedia Italiana.
Writing support material – Special aged like-parchment paper.
Binding – Leather cover with a triple-thread frame stamped in gold around the perimeter of the two boards. Spine with decorations and lettering in gold. The binding corresponds to that of the original document as it appears at the present time.
Commentary – Commentary volume in Italian, size 16.5 x 24.5 cm, XVI-123 pages, 32 colour plates. Essays and commentary by Bruce C. Barker-Benfield, Luciano Canfora, Arnaldo Marcone, Jonathan James Graham Alexander, Concepción Neira Faleiro.
Slipcase – The facsimile is stored inside a vertical insertion canvas slipcase.
Certificate of authenticity – The certificate of authenticity is printed on the colophon of the facsimile. It bears the copy number and is authenticated by Franco Gallo (Istituto della Enciclopedia Italiana) and Richard Ovenden (Bodleian Library – University of Oxford).
ISBN – 978-88-12-00525-3.
The facsimile reproduces as close as possible the physical characteristics of the original document, with the aim to substitute it in the scientific research and in the libraries of the bibliophile collectors. Trimming and composition of the leaves reproduce the profile and structure of the original document.

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