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Reference files of Albinia de la Mare: 'Lorenzo di Piero de' Medici, Cosimo di Giovanni de' Medici, Piero di Cosimo de' Medici, Diestisalvi di Nerone', 1975-1994 and n.d. [c.1970-1994]

MS. 18746/226
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Folder 1: 'Lorenzo [di Piero] de' Medici', correspondence and papers, 1981-1994 and n.d. [c.1981-1994], relating to the library of Lorenzo de' Medici, including

  1. notes: '(Late) Medici? manuscripts not seen, mostly seen by Annarosa [Garzelli]'; 'Lorenzo's scribes – early', and 'later only'; 'Late Medici manuscripts dated or signed or specif[ied] clients'; 'Medici manuscripts - poss[ibly] Lorenzo to check'; 'Lorenzo de' Medici, manuscripts with his ex-lib[ris] or attested as coming from him (by Poliziano or other evid[ence])'; 'Early commissioned manuscripts'; '1496 inv[entory?]'
  2. table of 'Possible Lorenzo manuscripts (early), fairly certain ones starred'
  3. notes on manuscripts to see or check and images required
  4. description of Florence, Biblioteca Medicea Laurenziana, Plut. 47. 2 (Priscian, 12th century) by Robert Black, with images of the manuscript
  5. descriptions of Florence, Biblioteca Medicea Laurenziana, Plut. 38. 24; 47. 2; 26. 8; London, British Library, Harl. 5761 (Petrarch); Lansdowne 831 (Cicero, scribe Gundisalvus); Add. 25697
  6. images of Florence, Biblioteca Medicea Laurenziana, Plut. 53. 14, with ex-libris; Plut. 6. 6; 18. 6; 28. 11; 71. 8; 74. 1; 74. 8; 85. 4; 85. 25; 86. 5; 86. 9 (all Greek); Plut. 51. 11; 47. 2; 38. 24
  7. correspondence concerning a facsimile of the Prayer Book of Lorenzo de' Medici (Munich, Bayerische Staatsbibliothek, Clm. 23639) and de la Mare's contribution to the introduction, with a synopsis, Feb 1990-Jan 1991
  8. letters from Shayne Mitchell, 1 Dec 1990, concerning two Brandolini manuscripts, with images of Florence, Biblioteca Medicea Laurenziana, Plut. 77. 11; Jill Kraye, 29 May 1992, concerning Niccolò Leoniceno’s letter to Poliziano; Bernard Quaritch, 16 Sep 1981, concerning the Bradfer-Lawrence manuscripts, with notes by de la Mare on several of these
  9. letters from Sarah Burles, Education Officer, Accademia Italiana, London, concerning a symposium on the patronage of Lorenzo de' Medici planned for Jan 1994, at which de la Mare was to give a paper, drafts of 'Lorenzo's Latin manuscripts and their scribes', a list of slides, and related papers, 1992-1994
  10. list of Lorenzo's manuscripts, apparently from A. Lenzuni ed., All'ombra del lauro: documenti librari della cultura in età laurenziana, catalogue of an exhibition (Florence and Milan, 1992)
  11. typescript, 'Note on the frontispiece', relating to London, British Library, Lansdowne 842 A - B, by de la Mare, n.d. [c.1981], published as 'The Frontispiece, British Library, Ms. Lansdowne 842 A, fol. 1', in M. Gibson ed., Boethius: His Life, Thought and Influence (Oxford, 1981)
  12. annotated conference programme, 'Lorenzo the Magnificent. Culture and Politics in Medicean Florence', Warburg Institute and the University of Warwick, 27-31 May 1992, with a letter enclosing the programme from Nicholas Mann, Director, The Warburg Institute, 8 May 1992
  13. copy typescript, S. Gentile?, 'Lorenzo, Giano Lascaris e il fondo greco della biblioteca medicea privata', n.d. [c.1994]
  14. 'Lorenzo de' Medici and books', notes from M. del Piazzo, Protocolli del carteggio di Lorenzo il Magnifico per gli anni 1473-1474, 1477-1492 (Florence, 1956)

Folder 2: 'Cosimo [di Giovanni] de' Medici', correspondence and papers, 1989-1992 and n.d. [c.1990], relating to de la Mare’s research for 'Cosimo, books and libraries' a lecture given at the Warburg Institute, and 'Cosimo and his books', published in F. Ames-Lewis ed., Cosimo il Vecchio de' Medici, 1389-1464. Essays in Commemoration of the 600th Anniversary of Cosimo de' Medici's Birth (Oxford, 1992), including

  1. drafts of the lecture and article
  2. descriptions of manuscripts, including a description by James Hankins of Munich, Bayerische Staatsbibliothek, Clm 763, annotated by Tanaglia
  3. images of Florence, Biblioteca Medicea Laurenziana, Plut. 36. 28; 54. 29; 35. 27; 16. 31; Milan, Biblioteca Ambrosiana, R. 26 sup.

Folder 3: 'Piero [di Cosimo] de' Medici Inventories', papers, 1975 and n.d. [c.1970-1980], relating to the library of Piero de' Medici, including notes on 'Piero de' Medici's inventories of books' and 'Piero de' Medici manuscripts from [Dr. Francis] Ames-Lewis thesis'

Folder 4: 'Notes on Medici manuscripts (with notes of ownership) and inventories, and Dietisalvi di Nerone', n.d. [c.1970]

Folder 5: 'Courtauld', correspondence concerning de la Mare's role as an external examiner for the PhD thesis of Francis Ames-Lewis, University of London, 'The library manuscripts of Piero di Cosimo de' Medici', and related papers including comments on and corrections to the thesis, 1977 and n.d. [c.1977] (= Closed).


  • Creation: 1975-1994 and n.d. [c.1970-1994]


1 box (5 folders)

Language of Materials

  • English

Conditions Governing Access

Some material is closed.


MS. 18746/226

Former reference:

Archive A. C. de la Mare, sect. II., cont. CI