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Marston MS 90 Florence or Rome, s. XV 3/4
Leonardo Bruni, De primo bello punico
ff. 1r-58v Leonardi Arretini commentariorum primi belli punici liber
primus incipit. Prefatio. Vereor ne qui me putent antiqua nimium
consectari si commentaria primj punicj belli...Finis proemii. [text,
f. 1v:] Incipit liber primus. Origo primj punicj belli quod populus
romanus aduersum carthaginenses terra marique...pauca loca excedere
iussi sunt. Finis. Gratis deo. Amen.
Leonardo Bruni, De primo bello punico, compiled largely from
Polybius; text is defective, missing two leaves between 30 and 31
("...suspicatj quinquaginta [catchword: nauibus] // stigio quadriremes
premere abeuntem...") and between 36 and 37 ("...non dubitauit hoc //
receperunt. Consul post prelium cum..."). GKW, v. 5, no. 5603
(Brescia: Jacobus Britannicus, 24 October 1498) and thereafter;
text of Preface edited by Baron, pp. 122-23. Marginal notes and rubrics
by several hands, s. xv-xvi.
Parchment (poor quality), ii (paper) + i (original parchment flyleaf
or wrapper?) + 58 (early foliation, 1-30, 33-38, 41-62, before leaves
were lost) + i (original parchment flyleaf or wrapper?) + ii (paper),
220 x 141 (151 x 80) mm. 28 long lines ruled in hard point. Double
vertical bounding lines, full length (Derolez 13.31).
I-III 10, IV 10 (-1, 2, 9, 10), V-VI 10, VI 4 (-3, 4, blank).
Catchwords in gutter near lower edge, perpendicular to text (Derolez 12.7).
Text written by a single scribe in humanistic cursive script, above
top line. Marginal notes (mostly proper names and events) added by at least
two hands, s. xv-xvi, with one set added throughout in red by a scribe who
also placed Roman numerals for each book in upper margin.
One large illuminated initial, 4-line, gold on blue, light green and
pink ground with white vine-stem ornament. Initial joined to partial border,
white vine-stem ornament on blue, light green and pink ground with white
dots and gold balls with penwork extensions in brown ink. Two smaller
initials on ff. 23v and 38r, 4-line, gold, outlined in yellow on blue
grounds with white highlights. Plain initial, f. 1v, and headings in pale
Binding: England [?], s. xix. Quarter bound in red, hard-grained
goatskin, gold-tooled, with printed marbled paper sides. Edges spattered
yellow and black. Title on spine: "Leonardi Aretini, Commentarii.
MS. in membranis."
Written in Florence or Rome in the third quarter of the 15th century to
judge from the styles of script and decoration; the manuscript has an owner
produced appearance and was presumably copied for personal use.
Unidentified armorial bookplate inside front cover, with motto "Excelsior."
Ex libris of John A. Murphy inside front cover. Purchased from Maggs Bros.,
London, in 1955 by L. C. Witten (inv. no. 655), who sold it in the same year
in 1954 by Thomas E. Marston (bookplate).
secundo folio: [eni]xissime gessit
Bibliography: Faye and Bond, pp. 74-75, no. 90.
Barbara A. Shailor