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'Topogrofia Terre Promissionis' and 'Francisci Ariosti peregrini de Oleorum principis...', Written soon after A.D. 1464 in Italy

MS. Selden Supra 34
Held at the Weston Library

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  1. Fol. 8. 'Topogrofia Terre Promissionis', an account of a journey to the Holy Land, preceded by a prologue to 'dominum Borsium Estensem Mutine ducem Ferarieque marchionem' (beg. 'Eximii virtutum tuarum'). The author's name does not occur, but is known to be Alessandro Ariosto.
  2. Fol. 76. 'Francisci Ariosti peregrini de Oleorum principis olei Monzibinii situ ortu ui uirtuteque ad ... dominum Borsium ducem Regii et Mutinae marchionem Estensem ... libellus', on a mineral oil from Monte Zibbio: beg. 'Etsi sciam illustrissime princeps': dated Dec. 5, 1460. At fol. 105 follow four letters, two between Francesco (Dec. 13, 1462) and duke Borso (in Italian, fols. 105, 106), one from Bonacursius to Francesco (fol. 106v, Latin), and one from Francesco to Theophilus Cat, Dec. 26, 1464 (fol. 107, Latin). A Latin recipe for an electuary is on fol. 114v, and a miracle at Damascus which would have been in place on fol. 57v is added on fol. 2.


  • Creation: Written soon after A.D. 1464 in Italy


116 Leaves

Language of Materials

  • Latin


MS. Selden Supra 34


Old Selden mark = 34

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. 3422

Custodial History

Manuscript 3436 acquired by the Bodleian Library

Physical Facet

On parchment, with two illuminated capitals, etc.


7 3/8 × 5 1/4 in.

Repository Details

Part of the Bodleian Libraries Repository

Weston Library
Broad Street
Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom