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A short account of the nations of Europe and their finances, Written late in the 16th century

MS. Arch. Selden B. 12
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A short account of the nations of Europe and their finances, chiefly based on Relazioni by Venetian ambassadors, 1548-76, in Italian:

  1. Fol. 1. England, by Giovanni Michiel, 1557.
  2. Fol. 6. Germany and Spain, by Federico Badoero, 1558, also Naples (fol. 17v): followed at fol. 22 by a catalogue of princes of Germany, 1582, in Latin.
  3. Fol. 27. Germany ('Del stato de Re de Romani'), by Lorenzo Contarini, 1548.
  4. Fol. 29. Portugal [by Constantino di Garzoni].
  5. Fol. 34v. France, by Giovanni Correro, 1569.
  6. Fol. 40. Poland, by Girolamo Lippamano, 1574, and (fol. 45) Muscovy.
  7. Fol. 50. Turkey, by Marc' Antonio Barbara, 1573, and (fol. 70) Giacomo Soranzo, 1578; followed by Tartary (fol. 72) and Persia(fol.73).
  8. Fol. 74. Rome, by Bernardo Navagiero, 1558, cf. fol. 94v; Savoy, by Andrea Boldu, 1562 (fol. 77); Florence, by Andrea Gussoni, 1576 (fol. 80); Venice [1569] and smaller cities of North Italy (fol. 97).


  • Creation: Written late in the 16th century


118 Leaves

Language of Materials

  • Italian


MS. Arch. Selden B. 12


Old Selden mark = B. 28

Other Finding Aids

Falconer Madan, et al., A summary catalogue of western manuscripts in the Bodleian Library at Oxford which have not hitherto been catalogued in the Quarto series (7 vols. in 8 [vol. II in 2 parts], Oxford, 1895-1953; reprinted, with corrections in vols. I and VII, Munich, 1980), vol. II, no. 3358

Custodial History

'Gilberto Davis' is on the outside cover, 17th cent.

Manuscript 3372 acquired by the Bodleian Library

Physical Facet

On paper


12 1/4 × 8 1/2 in.

Repository Details

Part of the Bodleian Libraries Repository

Weston Library
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Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom