Florence, Italy, Biblioteca Nazionale Centrale, MS Magliabechi XIX.164-167
Provenance: 1. A member of the Buonaparte family of San Miniato and Florence, perhaps Jacopo Buonaparte (b. c. 1478, d. 1541), canon of the Florence cathedral (1498) and subsequently canon of St Peter, Rome (1510), an intimate of Pope Clement VII (Giulio de' Medici): added Buonaparte coats of arms on an oval cartouche with cords (MS Magliabechi XIX. 165, ff. [I]r and [II]r); 2. inscription: 'Giovan[n]i d[i] Franco Angiolo / di Simone d'Agostino da / Et Agostino d[i] simone da Crespi... / Tomaso fi Franco da rezzano' (MS Magliabechi XIX. 164, f. III'v); 3. The Biblioteca Medicea Palatina Lotaringia, the library of Francis I (Francis Stephen), Grand Duke of Tuscany and Holy Roman Emperor (b. 1708, d. 1765) amalgamated with the former Medici collections: its stamp with a legend 'Bibl. Caes. Med. Palat' (in all four part-books), in 1771 transferred by the Grand Duke Pietro Leopoldo to the Biblioteca Magliabechiana; 4. Biblioteca Magliabechiana, the future Biblioteca Nazionale Centrale: its label (inside the front cover) with a note 'Provenienza Med. Palat no. 278'.
c. 1515-c. 1540, Rome, Italy
brown leather over pasteboard
Decoration: stamped medalion of an emperor's head inscribed 'DIVUS AUGUSTUS' and stamped border
gilt, embossed edges
All four volumes are bound in similar bindings, perhaps in Rome (see Drake 2005).