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School miscellany LJS 385
Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts
Manuscript Overview
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Abstract

Collection of classical Latin school texts in various hands. The most substantial works are Book 1 of Cicero's De officiis (f. 4r-45r) and Terence's comedies Andria (f. 49r-73r) and Eunuchus (f. 73r-99v), preceded by notes on comedy and tragedy (f. 48v). Briefer passages include the openings of Boethius's De consolatione philosophiae (f. 1r-3r) and Virgil's Aeneid (f. 101r-101v) preceded by biographical notes about Virgil (f. 100v). Also includes recipes for remedies (f. 45v-47r) and didactic or humorous verses (f. 102r-102v). Frequent marginal and interlinear notes in the beginning of the Cicero (f. 4r-20r) and in the Terence.

Physical Description

Support: paper; Extent: 102 leaves : 216-218 x 140 (162-168 x 105) mm. bound to 218 x 150 mm

Layout

Written in 19-23 long lines; on some leaves, prickings or rulings in lead are visible.

Script

Written in various humanistic hands.

Decoration

1- to 3-line initials in red and text initials touched with red at the beginning of the manuscript (f. 1r-16r), in the Andria (f. 49r-73r), and in the beginning of the Eunuchus (f. 73r-88r); additional rubrication in red in the Andria and beginning of the Eunuchus, particularly for indications of parts; a few text initials touched with green (f. 60v-61r); many initials with faces or other doodling penwork added; some manicules (for example, f. 8r, 63r, 70v); doodles and ink sketches inside covers.

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 supplied by cataloger.

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
Anthology
15th century
16th century
Annotated
Literature -- Prose
Science -- Medicine
Paper
Italy
Italian
University of Pennsylvania, Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts

Place of Origin

Italy

Date

Written in Italy, ca. 1500.

Binding

Original wooden boards with leather spine, later (ca. 1600) gilt stamped for Giovanni Angelo Altemps; compass trials and geometric and doodled gouging on boards.

Language

Latin

Provenance

List of names, possibly of former student owners or readers, in a 16th-century hand (inside upper cover).

Formerly owned by Giovanni Angelo Altemps, duca di Gallese (inscription, f. 3v; gilt spine); Henry Allan (bookplate, Henrici Alani, laid inside upper cover); and Samuel Allan of Liscunnan, Derrock, County Antrim (pencil inscription on Henry Allan bookplate).

Formerly owned by William A. Foyle, Beeleigh Abbey (leather bookplate, first flyleaf); sold as part of his collection at Christie's, 11 July 2000, lot 83, to Lawrence J. Schoenberg.

Deposit by Lawrence J. Schoenberg and Barbara Brizdle, 2011.

return to search School miscellany LJS 385

Place of Origin

Italy

Date

Written in Italy, ca. 1500.

Language

Latin

Provenance

List of names, possibly of former student owners or readers, in a 16th-century hand

Formerly owned by Giovanni Angelo Altemps, duca di Gallese

Formerly owned by William A. Foyle, Beeleigh Abbey

Deposit by Lawrence J. Schoenberg and Barbara Brizdle, 2011.

Manuscript Overview

Abstract

Collection of classical Latin school texts in various hands. The most substantial works are Book 1 of Cicero's De officiis (f. 4r-45r) and Terence's comedies Andria (f. 49r-73r) and Eunuchus (f. 73r-99v), preceded by notes on comedy and tragedy (f. 48v). Briefer passages include the openings of Boethius's De consolatione philosophiae (f. 1r-3r) and Virgil's Aeneid (f. 101r-101v) preceded by biographical notes about Virgil (f. 100v). Also includes recipes for remedies (f. 45v-47r) and didactic or humorous verses (f. 102r-102v). Frequent marginal and interlinear notes in the beginning of the Cicero (f. 4r-20r) and in the Terence.

Notes

Ms. codex.

Title supplied by cataloger.

Script note

Written in various humanistic hands.

Decoration Note

1- to 3-line initials in red and text initials touched with red at the beginning of the manuscript (f. 1r-16r), in the Andria (f. 49r-73r), and in the beginning of the Eunuchus (f. 73r-88r); additional rubrication in red in the Andria and beginning of the Eunuchus, particularly for indications of parts; a few text initials touched with green (f. 60v-61r); many initials with faces or other doodling penwork added; some manicules (for example, f. 8r, 63r, 70v); doodles and ink sketches inside covers.

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
Anthology
15th century
16th century
Annotated
Literature -- Prose
Science -- Medicine
Paper
Italy
Italian
University of Pennsylvania, Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts
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