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Algorismus. LJS 27
Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts
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Abstract

Pedagogical treatise on commercial and practical arithmetic, with extensive use of arabic numerals and problems illustrated with scenes from daily life.

Physical Description

Support: parchment; Extent: 113 leaves : 213 x 154 (144 x 95) mm. bound to 220 x 162 mm; Collation: Parchment, 113; 1-2⁶ 3¹⁰ 4¹⁰(+1) 5-8¹⁰ 9¹⁰(-1) 10⁸ 11¹⁰(-1) 12¹⁰ 13⁴; [i-xii], 1-62, 63-79, 81-101, [102-103]; contemporary foliation in ink, upper center. Vertical catchwords on last verso of gatherings 3-13, lower right recto.

Layout

Written in 31 long lines, with the table of contents in 2 columns; bounding lines ruled in faint ink, with the first line of text frequently above the upper horizontal bounding line.

Script

Written in a semi-cursive script in the hand of Pietro Paolo Muscarello.

Decoration

Full illuminated border including the arms of the Alberti family and 8-line inhabited initial showing a bearded man in a turban reading from a book (f. 1r); 54 illustrations in color (f. 58r-101r); one section of geometric diagrams (f. 87r-90r); 4 manicules (f. 17v, 46r, 48v, 49r); 3 initials in gold (f. v recto, 11r, 86r); decorated initials throughout in red or blue flourished in purple or red, sometimes including small images (for example, a rabbit (f. 2r) and a goose (f. 21r)); capitals touched in yellow; edges sprinkled in blue.

For a full list of Decorations in this manuscript please see the Content and Decorations section by clicking on the [i] button in the top left corner of the image viewer above.

Notes

Ms. codex.

Title from introduction (f. 1r).

These are pages that we pulled aside that disrupted the flow of the manuscript reader. These may be bindings, inserts, bookmarks, and various other oddities.

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Keywords
15th century
Italy
Drawing
Italian
Mathematics
University of Pennsylvania, Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts

Place of Origin

Nola

Date

Written in Nola, Italy, in 1478 (f. 101r).

Binding

18th-century mottled calf; gilt spine; marbled pastedowns.

Language

Italian

Provenance

Illuminated for a member of the Albertini family of Nola (their arms, f. 1r); 17th-century inscription, Stefano Scarella di San Remo (f. 102v).

Sold at auction at Sotheby's, 23 June 1992, lot 73, to Lawrence J. Schoenberg.

Deposit by Lawrence J. Schoenberg and Barbara Brizdle, 2012.

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Place of Origin

Nola

Date

Written in Nola, Italy, in 1478 (f. 101r).

Language

Italian

Provenance

Illuminated for a member of the Albertini family of Nola

Sold at auction at Sotheby's, 23 June 1992, lot 73, to Lawrence J. Schoenberg.

Deposit by Lawrence J. Schoenberg and Barbara Brizdle, 2012.

Manuscript Overview

Abstract

Pedagogical treatise on commercial and practical arithmetic, with extensive use of arabic numerals and problems illustrated with scenes from daily life.

Notes

Ms. codex.

Title from introduction (f. 1r).

Script note

Written in a semi-cursive script in the hand of Pietro Paolo Muscarello.

Decoration Note

Full illuminated border including the arms of the Alberti family and 8-line inhabited initial showing a bearded man in a turban reading from a book (f. 1r); 54 illustrations in color (f. 58r-101r); one section of geometric diagrams (f. 87r-90r); 4 manicules (f. 17v, 46r, 48v, 49r); 3 initials in gold (f. v recto, 11r, 86r); decorated initials throughout in red or blue flourished in purple or red, sometimes including small images (for example, a rabbit (f. 2r) and a goose (f. 21r)); capitals touched in yellow; edges sprinkled in blue.

For a full list of Decorations in this manuscript please see the Content and Decorations section by clicking on the [i] button in the top left corner of the image viewer above.

References
Binding Images

These are pages that we pulled aside that disrupted the flow of the manuscript reader. These may be bindings, inserts, bookmarks, and various other oddities.

Spine

Keywords
15th century
Italy
Drawing
Italian
Mathematics
University of Pennsylvania, Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts
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