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Vatican City, Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana, Vat. lat. 3960


Additional Information

  • Appr. Date: 16th c. (16th c.)
  • Genres: Varia
  • Illustrations: No


A catalogue of the library of San Antonio in Castello.  Cardinal Domenico Grimani (1461– 1523) founded this library (or rather, it seems that upon his death his books were given to the monastery as a bequest).

Professor Westerink and two other scholars, Henri Saffrey and Aubrey Diller, worked together to gather information about this important collection and their labours resulted in the book “Bibliotheca Graeca Manuscripta Cardinalis Dominici Grimani.”

This book (please find it under the bibliographical references) has an annotated transcription of ff. 1r-13r of the ms. published as Document A on pp. 107-165.

The review of the book (listed under the internet resources) gives a useful overview of the dates, people, places and main questions discussed in the book.

Unfortunately, this ms. does not appear in any of the Vatican's printed catalogues but the Vatican's online search engine does supply a few items of bibliography.

The Vatican's online search engine (see Online Resources) does not as of this writing always provide stable URL's, but manuscripts can be searched by shelfmark with an "Index" search. These often provide bibliographical material and there are two sources there for this manuscript. See also Studi e Testi in the bibliography.

For an overview of which manuscripts are described in their current print catalogues, please refer to the “Guide to Locating Manuscripts and their Descriptions” published by The Knights of Columbus Vatican Film Library (at St. Louis University) on their website (see under the internet resources). They have a comprehensive list of published and unpublished Vatican catalogues by language and also by collection. Under the Vat. Lat. Collection, readers will find complete list of current catalogues and lacunae.