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L'arte del navegare Oversize LJS 473
Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts
Manuscript Overview
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Abstract

Treatise on ships and shipbuilding, including information on cartography, construction and use of the compass, types of ships, and meteorology and astronomy for use in navigation. Includes references to classical and medieval authors, which at the beginning of the manuscript are noted in the margins with red ink (f. 1v-4r). Dedicated to the doge (Cristoforo Moro, who served 1462-1471) and senate of Venice.

Physical Description

Support: parchment and paper; Extent: 84 leaves : 213 x 138 (152 x 70) mm. bound to 222 x 152 mm; Foliation: Parchment and paper, ii (19th-century paper) + 84 + ii (19th-century paper); 1-4¹⁰ 5⁹(-1) 6⁹(-1) 7-8¹⁰ 9⁶; [1-84]; modern foliation in pencil, upper right recto.

Layout

Written in 30 long lines; vertical bounding lines ruled in blind visible on some leaves.

Script

Written in italic script.

Decoration

3 colored diagrams (world map surrounded by concentric circles and zodiac signs, f. 8r; world divided into temperature zones surrounded by concentric circles, f. 12r; benches for rowers, f. 30v); 1 ink diagram (compass points, f. 49v); 3 astronomical tables in black and red (f. 66r, 66v, 68v); 1 three-quarter white vine-stem border with a 10-line illuminated initial in gold on gold with blue vines (f. 1r); 3 illuminated initials, 4 to 6 lines in height, in gold with white vine-stem ornamentation and extensions (f. 28r, 47r, 72v); 2-line initials in red or blue at the beginning of chapters; some marginal notes (f. 1v-4r) and headings throughout in red.

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.

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Keywords
15th century
Italy
Italian
Document
Astronomy
Science
Paper
Tables
Treatise
Cartography
Shipbuilding
University of Pennsylvania, Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts

Place of Origin

Venice?, Italy

Date

Written in northeastern Italy, probably Venice, in 1464 (f. 19v) and 1465 (f. 66v).

Binding

19th-century English blind-tooled morocco, with marbled endleaves.

Language

Italian, with a preface in Latin

Provenance

Formerly owned by Frederick North, fifth Earl of Guilford (armorial bookplate inside upper cover); sold as part of his collection at auction at Evans, 13 Dec. 1830, lot 563 (note on second flyleaf).

Formerly owned by John Lee (armorial bookplate inside upper cover); sold as part of his collection at auction at Sotheby's, 8 Nov. 1888, lot 266.

Sold at auction at Sotheby's, 10 Jul. 1968, lot 283; sold at auction at Sotheby's, 7 Dec. 2004, lot 40, to Lawrence J. Schoenberg.

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

return to search L'arte del navegare Oversize LJS 473

Place of Origin

Venice?, Italy

Date

Written in northeastern Italy, probably Venice, in 1464 (f. 19v) and 1465 (f. 66v).

Language

Italian, with a preface in Latin

Provenance

Formerly owned by Frederick North, fifth Earl of Guilford

Formerly owned by John Lee

Sold at auction at Sotheby's, 10 Jul. 1968, lot 283; sold at auction at Sotheby's, 7 Dec. 2004, lot 40, to Lawrence J. Schoenberg.

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

Manuscript Overview

Abstract

Treatise on ships and shipbuilding, including information on cartography, construction and use of the compass, types of ships, and meteorology and astronomy for use in navigation. Includes references to classical and medieval authors, which at the beginning of the manuscript are noted in the margins with red ink (f. 1v-4r). Dedicated to the doge (Cristoforo Moro, who served 1462-1471) and senate of Venice.

Notes

Ms. codex.

Title supplied by cataloger.

Script note

Written in italic script.

Decoration Note

3 colored diagrams (world map surrounded by concentric circles and zodiac signs, f. 8r; world divided into temperature zones surrounded by concentric circles, f. 12r; benches for rowers, f. 30v); 1 ink diagram (compass points, f. 49v); 3 astronomical tables in black and red (f. 66r, 66v, 68v); 1 three-quarter white vine-stem border with a 10-line illuminated initial in gold on gold with blue vines (f. 1r); 3 illuminated initials, 4 to 6 lines in height, in gold with white vine-stem ornamentation and extensions (f. 28r, 47r, 72v); 2-line initials in red or blue at the beginning of chapters; some marginal notes (f. 1v-4r) and headings throughout in red.

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
Italian
Document
Astronomy
Science
Paper
Tables
Treatise
Cartography
Shipbuilding
University of Pennsylvania, Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts
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