The “Manoscritti datati d’Italia” series is covering an increasing number of manuscript collections
in Italian libraries and provides the opportunity to examine different typologies of scribal subscriptions.
The scribe can be a professional worker, or a notary, or amateur, or the author himself;
sometimes he offers information on his age, health or social status. The colophon may mention the
MS commissioner, the date and place of execution, how long the work lasted and other circumstances.
The colophon may include a request for prayers or for money, cryptograms, verses, old
topoi. In university texts a large number of scribes with foreign names testifies to the many transalpini,
who were active in Italy.