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Romance of the lovers Pamphilia and Deiphebo., Early 16th century.

Identifier: MS.3058

Scope and Contents

The romance begins, 'La antiqua et diu observata consuetudine', and ends, 'Tu adunque Illustrissimo et Magnifico lettore vivi felice: et amia damni pensando habbi alcuna volta compassione: Vale'.

The narrative is interspersed with letters, sonnets, and other verse. The manuscript is written in a cursive humanistic script of the early sixteenth century, probably influenced by Ludovico degli Arrighi.

The title-page (folio 1) is surrounded by a border divided by gilt bands into panels containing conventional ornaments in blue and white, and realistic flowers, strawberries, caterpillars, etc., all on a ground of dull gold. Within the panels are medallions containing white busts, a green parrot-like bird sitting on a red scroll among foliage, and the arms of the Ridolfi family of Florence. The first initial contains the figure of a woman holding a staff in the right hand and a flame in the left.

Chapter i (folio 6 verso) has a heading in gold on red and begins with a large initial illuminated in red, blue, and gold on a dull gold ground, with a border of dull gold foliage in the outer margin.

The beginnings of other chapters, poems, etc., have similar decoration, in a simpler manner and on a smaller scale. In the poems, the first letter of each line is in gold or blue.

At the end (folio 148), in another hand, are two madrigals, one beginning 'Sun amoroso core/ Donna con pura fede', and the other 'Empia mie dona et cruda/ Cui in sorte mi diede Il destin rio'.


  • Creation: Early 16th century.

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150 Leaves ; 220 x 150 millimetres.

Language of Materials



ii + 148 folios. Collation: 1-14⁸, 15⁶, 16⁸, 17⁶, 18-19⁸.

Related Materials

An account of another manuscript of the work, in the National Museum, Budapest, is given by L Zambra,’ La Bibliofilia’, volume xi (1909-1910), pages 250-254, 304-306. Other manuscripts are in the Vatican Library - ‘Bulletin italien’, volume vi (April-June 1906), the National Library, Florence - ‘Giornale storico della letteratura italiana’, volume lvi (1910), page 280, and the British Museum, Add.MSS.18928, 20044.

MS.3058, the manuscript in the National Museum, Budapest, and British Museum, Add.MS. 18928 are probably by the same artist.


‘Bulletin italien’, volume vi, April-June 1906. ‘Giornale storico della letteratura italiana’, volume lvi, (Torino, 1910). Zambra, L. ‘La Bibliofilia’, volume xi, (Firenze, 1909-1910). See also, Blankenburg MS.154 in, 'Sprachgesellschaften, Sozietäten, Dichtergruppen Arbeitsgespräch in d. Herzog-August-Bibliothek Wolfenbüttel, 28-30 Juni 1977' (Hamburg, 1978), edited by Martin Bircher and Ferdinand van Ingen.

Physical Description

Vellum. Contemporary leather binding, tooled.

Repository Details

Part of the National Library of Scotland Archives and Manuscripts Division Repository

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