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MS 204: Liber Facetiarum by Poggio Bracciolini, 15th century

Identifier: MS 204


This 15th-century Italian manuscript contains Poggio Bracciolini’s Liber Facetiarum or Facetiae. Poggio Bracciolini of Florence was a scholar and early humanist who was born in 1380 and died in 1459. His Liber Facetiarum is a collection of humorous or indecent tales.
In this manuscript, this text is titled Poggii Florentini ac apostolici secretarii oratoris clarissimi facetiae liber incipit foeliciter.
The Introduction, titled Prohemium, starts on f. 1r with the words Multos futuros esse arbitror and ends on f. 1v with et ad ingenii exercitium scripsit.
Text starts on f. 1v. The first tale is titled Cujusdam Gaietani naveroli pauperis ipsi redditu suo uxoris domum invenit opulentam facetia prima and begins with the words Gaietani qui e plebe sunt vel plurimum.
The Liber Facetiarum ends on f. 64r, with the words jocandi consuetudo sublata est. Finis.
Writing Written in a good, clear minuscule hand, with faded rubrics, plain red and blue capitals, and one initial of burnished gold on a blue and lake ground (on f. 1r).


  • 15th century


Language of Materials


Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open to all. The manuscripts can be consulted in the Centre for Research Collections, Edinburgh University Main Library.


1 bound MS volume

Custodial History

Italian, probably Florentine, but with no marks of original ownership. A previous shelf-mark is covered up by the present label.

Previous reference

Laing 523

Previous title

Title given to the manuscript in Catherine Borland’s catalogue: Poggii Florentini Facetiae.

Physical Facet

Material: Paper

Binding: Paper boards

Collation: a10-f10, g4=64


20.64 cm x 14.92 cm


Secundo folio: alio consueverat
Foliation and number of lines to a page: ff. 64, 30 lines to a page

Repository Details

Part of the Edinburgh University Library Special Collections Repository

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