BEINECKE RARE BOOK AND MANUSCRIPT LIBRARY
GENERAL COLLECTION OF RARE BOOKS AND
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Marston MS 94 Verona, ca. 1460
Lexicon Greco-Latinum, etc.
1. ff. 1r-198r [Greek]
[Greek] Insatiabilis. illaesus. innocens dicitur etiam [Greek]/
[Greek] pro [Greek] illaesus/...[Greek] intangibilis/ [Greek]
infrangibile/...[Greek] pallidus/ [Greek] ille color qui
teritur a pictoribus/ [Greek] uultus. [Greek].
f. 198v ruled, but blank
Unidentified Greek-Latin lexicon. The text is arranged for the most part
in two columns, with the first letter of each Greek word placed between
bounding lines. In several longer entries (e. g., [Greek]) the
Latin equivalents extend the width of the written space for several lines.
For a similar lexicon, see Beinecke MS 277, art, 1.
2. ff. 199r-202v De aspiratione graecarum dictionum. Guarinus Veronensis
Francisco Barbaro Patritio Veneto. S. Cum amorem tuum erga me beneficiaque
francisce recenseo grande tecum...in principio sicut verbi gratia
[Greek], nec scribendum est [Greek]. [text:]
Anonymous treatise on breathing marks in Greek; printed in Milan, 1476,
by Dionysius Paravisinus and entitled [Greek] (British Museum,
XV cent., v. 6, p. 731). Preceded by the letter of Guarino of Verona to
Francesco Barbaro; R. Sabbadini, ed., Epistolario di Guarino Veronese
in Miscellanea di storia veneta, ser. 3, v. 8 (1915) letter 195, pp. 310-11.
3. ff. 203r-205r De formationibus temporum uerborum graecorum. Tempus
omnem tres partes diuisum est
[Greek]. id est in praesens. in praeteritum et in
4. f. 205v De praepositionum significatione et constructione. [Greek]
in sed in compositione cum verbo intus significat et construitur semper
cum datiuo...[for [Greek]] et supra cum accusatiuo et super.
5. f. 206r-v De numeris. [Greek]. unus una unum./
[Greek]/...[Greek] millesimus. Followed by a table with Greek
numerals and their Arabic equivalents. f. 207r-v ruled, but blank
Parchment, ff. i (contemporary parchment bifolium; i = front pastedown)
+ 207, 190 x 110 (137 x ca. 63) mm. 2 columns, 44 lines. Double or single
vertical bounding lines ruled in crayon (Derolez 13.31); additional vertical
ruling to delineate the written space for Latin equivalents of Greek words;
horizontal rulings for text in light brown ink. Prickings in upper and
lower margins; single pricking along outer edge, 2 mm. above top line.
I-XX 10, XXI 10 (-8, 9; 10 = back pastedown). Two sets of quire signatures
on verso: Arabic numerals in lower left corner and Greek numerals in lower
right. Remains of quire and leaf signatures (e. g., b1, b2, b3, etc.) in lower
right corner, recto, mostly trimmed.
The decoration consists of an illuminated title page, with full border,
thin white vine-stem ornament with stylized foliage in red, pink, blue against
blue, green and pink ground with white dots and gold balls. In outer border
two vases, blue with white highlights, and three roundels framed in red,
green or pink with Roman profile heads wearing fillets against blue or gold
ground. In inner border foliage curling around a thin gold bar. The upper
border consists of a garland, green with gold highlights, tied with red
ribbons against a blue and gold ground with two masks, one spouting water.
Unidentified arms (palm? tree on red ground) in center of lower border. Large
illuminated initial, 12-line, gold against a predominately blue ground with
some green, pink, red and gold, and sprouting vine-stem ornament, white
with pale brown shading and stylized foliage in red, pink and light brown. 25
illuminated initials for letters of Greek alphabet [Greek] to [Greek], 6-
to 5-line, gold, against blue, green and dark pink grounds with stylized
white vine-stem ornament or white stylized foliage. 2 small illuminated
initials (ff. 205v and 206r), 3-line, gold against blue, red and green
ground with pale yellow and white dots and white filigree. The initials
are similar in style to Harvard, Houghton Library, Typ 447, signed by
Biagio Saraceni of Vicenza in 1460 at Verona. Heading on f. 1r in blue;
others in red. Plain initials in red.
Binding: Italy, s. xv/xvi. Original sewing on three tawed skin,
slit straps laid in channels on the outside of wooden boards. Gilt edges.
The secondary, beaded endband is cream and green.
Covered in reddish brown goatskin, blind-tooled with a floral border and
fleurons in a central panel. Name of owner is gold-tooled on side in
Roman letters that have been modified to form Greek letters:
[Greek]. Spine: triple fillets at head and tail; single fillet
diapering in the panels. Gold tooling added later. Traces of two
fastenings, the catches on the lower board; the upper board heavily cut in
for clasps. Modern title on spine: "Guarini Lexicon Ineditum. MS. in
membranis." Described and illustrated in Walters Art Gallery,
Bookbinding, p. 94, no. 211, pl. XLIV.
Written in Verona ca. 1460 for an individual whose unidentified arms
appear on f. 1r. Contemporary inscription, partially visible under
ultra-violet light, on rear pastedown: "Iulio Spolnetino [?]." Belonged to
Giulio Fontana of Vicenza, s. xvi; his name is stamped on the
upper cover and his inscription appears on f. i recto: "De Giulio Fontana
vicentino et de gl'Amici." From the collection of Bernardo Nani
of Venice (b. 1712; armorial bookplate inside front cover: "Bernardus
Nanius Nob. Ven. Ant. Fil."). Purchased from Payne by the Rev.
Henry Drury (1778-1841); his inscription on f. 1 recto: "An inedited MS.
Greek Lexicon (most beautifully written) by Guarini - bought of Payne for ten
Guineas. Henry Drury. Illuminated Capitals. The binding is contemporary."
Drury sale (Evans, 3 March 1827; information not verified). Belonged to Sir Thomas Phillipps
(no. 3384; tag on spine and pencil note on front pastedown). Unidentified
"1686" in pencil on front pastedown. Purchased in 1956 from L. C. Witten by
Thomas E. Marston (bookplate).
Bibliography: Faye and Bond, p. 75, no. 94.
Barbara A. Shailor