MS 238E Bandini Encyclopedia - Balliol College
Domenico Bandini (d. 1418), Fons memorabilium uniuersi, an encylopaedia in Latin, here in a set of five volumes possibly from an original six (lacking Part V Book i): made c. 1444-8 for William Gray (d. 1478), later Bishop of Ely, during his travels in Germany and Italy, and bequeathed with his library to Balliol College. The various scribes and illuminators, perhaps working largely at Cologne, display an international range of influences: Dutch, Italian, English, even Spanish. Illuminated initials and borders sometimes include Gray's coat of arms:

Part V Bks. ii-v, with marginal drawings apparently by its scribe, Laurentius Dyamas, who states in a final colophon that he was working for Gray.

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