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Marston MS 32 France, s. XV 2
Paulus Venetus, Summulae naturalium
ff. 1r-171r [Title:] Summule naturalium magistri Pauli veneti
ordinis heremitarum sancti Augustini physicorum liber incipit.
[text:] Plurimorum astrictus precibus quorum pridem. Mee
introductionis eloquium in facultate logice mentem demulserat.
Vt suo in naturalibus modo propositionis physicisque doctrinis
formare compendium...hic per gratiam et in futuro per gloriam quam
mihi in premium [?] tantorum laborum donare dignetur per infinita
seculorum secula. Amen. Laus deo. [colophon:] Explicit ultima
pars summule naturalium Acta per Reuerendum magistrum Paulum de Venetiis
ordinis heremitarum Sancti Augustini. Frater petrus de sancto Amore
eiusdem ordinis Scripsit Anno Domini MCCCLXXIII [sic]. f. 171v blank
Numerous manuscripts and early printed editions of this text
composed in 1408 by Paulus Nicolettus Venetus O.E.S.A. (1369/72-1429);
see C. H. Lohr, "Medieval Latin Aristotle Commentaries, Authors:
Narcissus-Richardus," Traditio 28 (1972) pp. 317-18, no. 5 (Marston
MS 32 not listed). Two additional colophons with the date 1373
(for 1473?) also occur at the conclusion of Parts 3 and 5, ff. 72r,
129v. Some contemporary marginal annotations. Folio 171, written
in a different hand and on different paper, may have been copied later
as a replacement leaf.
Paper (watermarks, obscured by text: similar to Harlfinger
Chapeau 17 and unidentified ladder), ff. ii (paper) + 171 (contemporary
foliation, Arabic numerals, 1-60 only) + ii (paper), 331 x 225
(229 x 145) mm. 2 columns, 50 lines. Single vertical bounding lines
and sometimes a single upper horizontal bounding line. Ruled in
light brown ink and lead. No visible remains of prickings.
I-VI 10, VII-IX 12, X 8, XI-XVI 10, XVII 8 (-8). Catchwords,
with pen flourishes on all sides, center or right of center in lower
Written by several scribes in humanistic cursive script with
gothic features, below top line; inital words of each section in
Decorated title page, f. 1r, with border, in black and red
ink composed of various decorative devices: in the upper margin a
bar border with a central semicircle flanked by stylized scrolls in
black and red. In the outer margin, a roundel, black with red and
black frame, filled with a flower of 6 petals in red; the roundel
flanked by stylized scrolls. In center of lower margin a medallion
framed in narrow black and red bands containing a flaming heart
pierced by an arrow and an open book, also flanked by stylized
scrolls. Numerous decorated initials, 30- to 4-line, black and
red with interior designs of lozenges, small flowers, and wavy
lines of paper ground. Plain initials and paragraph marks in red.
Guide letters for rubricator throughout.
Worm-eaten; some minor loss of text.
Binding: England, s. xix. Blind-tooled brown goatskin with
the same gold-tooled title on the spine and both covers: "Summule
Naturalium/ Paulus de Venetiis/ M. S. 1373." Bound by Riviere
(London) before 1881. Red edges.
Written probably in France in the second half of the 15th century to
judge from the script, decoration and watermarks. The colophons (see
art. 1), however, give the date 1373 (perhaps an error for 1473?).
The scribe remains unidentified except for this manuscript (Colophons,
v. 5, p. 133, no. 15893). Sold by Maggs Brothers (London, Cat. 542,
June 1930, no. 93, with plate of f. 1r). Belonged to E. Crawshaw
(bookplate). Modern note (bis), in pencil, on front flyleaves:
"28" within circle. Purchased from C. A. Stonehill (inv. no. 3036)
in 1953 by Thomas E. Marston (bookplate).
secundo folio: Licet sit
Bibliography: Faye and Bond, p. 68, no. 32.
Barbara A. Shailor